April 23, 2007
Three clicks to a carpool: Web site can help commuters share the ride
by David Payne
Emory University’s new ride-matching program, Destination Emory (www.destination.emory.edu), can help commuters find their perfect carpool commute match.
Destination Emory allows commuters to find the 25 University employees who live closest to them, and identifies the general location of those residences with a dot on the Web site’s map. The employee listing also includes their work location on campus, so potential carpoolers can travel to the same section of campus, if they choose.
Prospective carpoolers can send a blind e-mail to those who might make a convenient carpool match. The Web site may also be used to connect those who wish to start a vanpool and walk or bike to work.
If the recipient of the e-mail has an interest in discussing commuting options, they can reply and at that time disclose their identity. If they are not interested, they simply ignore the e-mail and their identity is never revealed.
This program was developed for Emory University faculty and staff. According to John Notarantonio, the creative mind behind the program’s development, it has the potential to be expanded in the future to include employees at Emory Healthcare and other large institutional employers on Clifton Road, such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.