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06 January 2009 @ 02:57 pm
Carpool buddy stops?  
Ow, bruised from massage. Anyway...

Idea:
Have bus/rideshare "stops" on the side of freeways, where say I could drop off a rideshare who would then catch their employee shuttle, just like shuttles pick people up from train stations. You could also pick up your regular carpool at one. I had the idea on the way to work, remembering that some Samtrans buses have stops on the side of 101, and wishing I had a carpool buddy for the carpool lane.

Pro: easier picking up / dropping off of carpool buddies
Con: might well mess up traffic as you'd have people stopping and starting around there. Maybe a side road could exit off the freeway and re-enter right away to make it work better.

Back to taking Caltrain tomorrow.
 
 
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It's not Lupus!cerulean_me on January 6th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Good idea :)

I'd set it up sort of like rest areas, with a dedicated off and on ramp, and basically a wide spot in the road with bus shelters.
drewkittydrewkitty on January 6th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
oh, you mean casual carpools
One place this works is Berkeley / Oakland to San Francisco in the mornings.

http://rideshare.511.org/carpooling/casual.asp

http://www.ridenow.org/carpool/

Crime is the problem with widespread adoption. The three per car rule has helped somewhat, as does the fact that there are few places to pull over and victimize someone on the Bay Bridge and approaches.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on January 7th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: oh, you mean casual carpools
Not quite what I was thinking, but similar. :)
I was thinking of something to use with a regular carpool buddy, just to drop them off most of the way to work and continue on your way without exiting the freeway and having to reenter.
Buttonsupersniffles on January 7th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
There used to be something like that near Moffat. You could exit the freeway and pick up a serviceman and give him a ride somewhere.