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Find out more about RideFinders!

What doessummer in STL mean to you?

Memorable nights under the bright lights of Busch Stadium? Enjoying a tasty Ted Drewes concrete? The theatrical sights and sounds of The Muny? The hustle and bustle of the Soulard Farmers Market with the colors and aromas of fresh, local produce? Much of what we love about summer in St. Louis is spending time outside – which is made possible by clean air. By reducing emissions through Sustainable Commuting, we’re all able to breathe easier as we enjoy our favorite summer activities. Drive change in St. Louis, by carpooling or vanpooling to work or class through RideFinders.

"I grew up in St. Louis, own a business and I’m raising our family here. Outdoor festivals, food trucks, friends, family and sipping Rosé wine on the patio — that’s what I love about Summer in St. Louis."

- Arlene Browne
Owner, Robust Wine Bar

"Summer in St. Louis means being more aware of air quality and how it impacts people’s health in our region. It’s when I more often encourage activities such as carpooling to reduce vehicle emissions. It means checking the daily air quality forecast and pollution levels often, and thinking about how we as a community can change behaviors and reduce air pollution."

- Susannah Fuchs
Director, Clean Air, American Lung Association in Missouri

"School’s out! No more dropping the kids off in the morning. It’s all about riding my bike from our home in U-City, through a mostly empty Wash-U campus and a very active Forest Park, to Urban Chestnut’s Grove Brewery and Bierhall…aka, my daily summer work commute. I love it…it’s beautiful, hot and humid, of course. And I get two great workouts in a day."

- David Wolfe
Co-Founder, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co

"This is my hometown so, for me, summer in STL is just a really social time — everyone is out enjoying the weather and bumping into each other. I love music and drinks on Wednesday nights at the Botanical Garden, the countless outdoor patios on South Grand, Civil Life Brewery and free movies on Art Hill in Forest Park!"

- Kathleen Bauer
Community Director, T-REX

Who is

Creating a culture of Sustainable Commuting is what drives us at RideFinders. Serving the 9-county St. Louis region, we work to remove excess cars from the road, eliminate harmful emissions and create connections among St. Louis area commuters. We’re helping commuters find transportation solutions through our free ridematching service, and we’re joining forces with over 900 area employers to give employees an opportunity to share the ride and build relationships with their coworkers by creating carpools and vanpools.

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What is

A carpool is two or more commuters who share the ride to and from work or college in their personal vehicles. Commuters either share the driving or, if a commuter does not have a vehicle, provide gas money to the commuter that drives. Those commuters can be spouses, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, students, or even individuals who meet through RideFinders.

What is

A vanpool is a group of commuters who share the ride to and from work in specific vans provided by RideFinders for a monthly fare, with each commuter serving in one of these roles:

Primary Driver: Receives a free commute in exchange for driving, fueling, and administering the vanpool.

Riders: Pay an equal monthly fare that covers the total monthly vanpool operating cost.

Back-up Driver: A rider who drives the vanpool when the primary driver is unable to drive.

What isSustainable Commuting?

On the surface, Sustainable Commuting is about reducing emissions and clearing our roadways through ridesharing. But it’s deeper than that. Sustainable Commuting is a lifestyle choice. It’s the desire to live a healthier life, to connect with others in the community, and to become a driving force for good in our region.

  • Ridesharing Is

    We’re fortunate to have a great city that has a great culture, amazing local cuisine, passionate sports fans, and so much more. Through ridesharing, we help preserve everything that makes our city great into the future.

  • Ridesharing Is

    Think about it: you’re already doing more this year to live a healthier lifestyle. Ridesharing fits right in as one more important change that can benefit yourself and your community.

  • Ridesharing Is

    Every car removed from the road makes every breath we take that much cleaner. It’s less traffic, and less traffic accidents. For you and the rest of our community, it’s a sustainable alternative to our current commuting system.

  • Ridesharing Is
    Saving Money

    Between repairs, preventative maintenance and fuel costs, driving alone is expensive. Save money by sharing the ride.

  • Ridesharing Is
    Driving Change

    Ultimately, the goal of ridesharing is to drive positive change in our city. It brings people together in a way our current commute can’t, and gives us all a common goal to make St. Louis a healthier place to live.

Ridefindersin your neighborhood

Spreading the word about Sustainable Commuting through ridesharing keeps us pretty busy. You’ll find us working to drive change at corporations like Boeing and Ralston Purina, chatting with students and staff at institutions like SIUE and SLU, talking about benefits at public agencies like the V.A. and mingling with start-ups at T-Rex. Check us out on social media to see what we’ve been up to, and keep up with the latest news, updates, and events from RideFinders.

How can youDrive Change?

Want your company to be a driving force for good in the St. Louis community? RideFinders Employee Transportation Coordinators, or ETCs, help organize vanpools and carpools within the workplace, significantly reducing your company’s carbon footprint and allowing your company to spearhead change in our city. Help your company make a difference, and sign up to be your company’s representative ETC today.

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