Waze Carpool Rolls into Washington State

Today, we're excited to share Waze Carpool is live in Washington State. 

Why Washington? Waze already has a strong community of Wazers in Washington—more than 375K strong in Seattle alone—who use Waze every day to shave precious minutes off their commute. And with traffic becoming increasingly worse throughout the state, Waze Carpool will help Washington Wazers save even more time via the carpool lane, while making the most of their time on the road, catching up with a neighbor or coworker on-the-go.

Bringing Waze Carpool to Washington was possible thanks in huge part to our allies across the state. With the support of our local partners, including: The Office of Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, King County Metro, Kirkland, Commute Seattle, and the Tacoma Dome; we can make our shared vision for the future of mobility, a reality. In the words of two of our partners:

"Washington State embraces innovation that helps reduce traffic, and we welcome technology like the new Waze Carpool app that gives the traveling public more choices." 
- Charles Knutson, Executive Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee 
"One of Seattle's great successes is having so many options for people to get around. Our rich environment of great transit, bikeshare, rideshare, and carshare helps commuters optimize their day while reducing their footprtint. That environment is getting even richer today with the launch of Waze Carpool. On-demand carpooling at the touch of a button is a fast, convenient and low-cost option for people who currently drive alone. We applaud all efforts to help people travel smarter and keep Seattle moving." 
- Jonathan Hopkins, Executive Director of Commute Seattle 
So, ready to make the most of your commute? Good news: you can get carpooling in just 3 steps. All it takes is a one-time account setup (you can connect your Facebook or Google/Gmail account) and adding your headshot.

Not ready to commit to being a driver vs. a rider? You can seamlessly move between apps—Waze Carpool for riders & Waze for drivers—with the top toggle, depending on your daily preference and schedule. Ambidextrousness is encouraged!

Start riding: 

  1. Browse profiles of drivers, clicking on each individual for additional details like shared interests & reviews from past riders. 
  2. Request a ride from as many drivers as you'd like. (#ProTip: the more requests, the better the chance of finding a match). And if you're the plan-ahead type, you can schedule up to 5 days in advance.
  3. Wait for the driver to respond & coordinate any final details with your fellow Wazer (not a computer.)
Start driving: 

  1. Browse profiles of riders on your route, organized into a helpful list that arranges your closest Wazers first on your list.
  2. Offer a ride. #ProTip: you can offer rides to multiple people at once. You'll be matched with whoever accepts first. 
  3. Wait for a rider to respond & communicate any final details with a fellow carpooler before enjoying your carpool. 
Washingtonians, remember Waze Carpool is totally new to your area, so if you don't see anyone on your route now, that just means you need to help us spread the word...

Share referrals and everybody gets a #WazeWin. Just look for the 🎁in your app menu and you'll get a free ride for every friend that rides with Waze Carpool or a $30 bonus for every friend that drives with Waze. Thanks for sharing with all your friends, family members, and coworkers!

See you in the carpool lane,
The Waze Carpool Team 

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