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Faculty and Staff Can Use Zimride to Find Carpooling Opportunities

Published: November 3, 2009

Parking and Transportation Services at CSULB has partnered with Zimride, the leading provider of online social rideshare and carpool matching systems in North America, to build a new carpool community at the campus.

The Zimride platform connects members through an easy-to-use private network that helps reduce campus traffic, parking difficulties and gasoline usage while also providing substantial cost-savings for the community.

Through Zimride’s Web-based interface, faculty and staff are able to find others from the CSULB community with similar commuting patterns or one-time rides. Zimride’s system utilizes social network platforms such as Facebook to develop trust and feedback among users.

“Zimride is a simple way for Cal State Long Beach faculty, staff and students to find classmates and co-workers who are going the same way they are,” said Elissa Thomas, rideshare coordinator at CSULB. “Earlier this month, for Rideshare Week, we hosted a special registration event and more than 400 people signed up to be part of the campus’ Zimride community.”

Those signing up at the registration event spun a prize wheel for a chance to win a variety of prizes or qualify for the grand prize — a deluxe car detailing from Circle Marina Hand Car Wash valued at $165. The winner of the grand prize was Cesar M. Alcantara, a staff member in the purchasing/receiving area of the 49er Shops.

All CSULB faculty, staff and students can access the CSULB Zimride rideshare community for free.

Photo by Victoria Sanchez
CSULB Rideshare Coordinator Elissa Thomas (l) and Rideshare intern Jessica Patch (r), a third-year marketing major at CSULB, present 49er Shop staff member Cesar M. Alcantara with his grand prize certificate of a deluxe car detailing from Circle Marina Hand Car Wash valued at $165.