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Carpooling a cheaper option

By Ola Iduma


  CSU Bakersfield is investigating a carpool/ride share program.  

  Some transportation companies, like rent-a-car companies, can come onto campuses to set up a transportation program. 

  Pat Jacobs, assistant vice president for facilities management,  said that the carpool service is just an idea at CSUB and does not necessarily mean that it would be set up. 

  Although it is currently just an idea, the goal is to help the people who live more than 20 miles from campus by creating a ride-share groups for them to use.  

  About three to five people can then drive a common vehicle to campus. 

  A carpool service being implemented means that one car could replace six to eight cars on the road. 

  Carpooling is an agreement that is between the car rental company and the individuals using the vehicle.   

  Jacobs, is also a member of the CSUB transportation committee, and he has talked to people from other campuses, like CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton, that have a carpool program.

  “Some of the perks that are offered to the employees that use this program are that they get a parking space at the head of the parking lot,” said Jacobs.

  “Both Fullerton and Long Beach, out of their parking fund, they contribute about $30 per month to everyone who chooses to partake in those situations.” 

  This service could potentially be set up to help people who live in Delano or Tehachapi. 

  A carpool car is not required to pay a parking permit. 

  Carpooling participants get incentives of about $30 a month.

  The parking and transportation committee thinks that carpooling could reduce the number of people parking in the parking lot, thereby creating more space for others who can’t carpool. 

  CSUB transport officials are currently working on this, and they are hopeful that they can get the program going very soon on this campus.  

  Jenny-lynn Rolland a junior engineering major, said she is in favor of a carpooling service.

  “Wow, with that [carpooling service], I am sure that I would save a whole lot of money. You know, it’s like renting an apartment with roommates. Driving one car saves gas, more parking, easier vehicle maintenance,” said Rolland.

  Carpool participants will take turns sharing their vehicles and driving with the other people involved.

  Ian Walker a sophomore kinesiology major, said that he knows he would join the carpooling service, if it is implemented.

  “I have to drive about two hours every day just to come to campus. It is stressful for me to drive long hours every day. With carpooling, I can save my energy for classes. I can chill in the back while someone else drives,” said Walker.