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Carpooling Goes Social, Could be Driving to a Road Near You


Need a lift?

If so, there's a new website that could help: Zimride. Designed to make “sharing rides for drivers and passengers fun and easy,” Zimride allows drivers to list their route, name their price, and make a few bucks (or simply cover the cost of gas) while traveling to and from work each day.

According to Mashable, the site started in 2007 with a carpooling network for college campuses (a feature that is still prevalent on the company's site, Roughly 100 campuses have signed up to create their own networks.

“If you look back at other forms of transportation … there's always that idea of networks and the idea of routes,” Zimride co-founder John Zimmer told Mashable. “So we feel that this is the natural way to move toward a ubiquitous form of transportation where anyone anywhere can say, ‘How am I going to get to LA this weekend? I could take a Southwest (NYSE: LUV) flight, I could take the bus, or I could Zimride.' We want that new transportation verb, Zimride, to be available to everyone, everywhere.”

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