What is Casual Carpool on US 36?

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Commuting Solutions, in partnership with Waze, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is thrilled to announce the start of Colorado’s first Casual Carpool program, Casual Carpool on US 36!

Casual Carpool on US 36 program brings together like-minded commuters who are looking for a fast, easy, cost-effective and commitment-free commute. It allows people who would normally drive alone to cruise past traffic in the US 36 Express Lanes for free by connecting them with two riders headed in the same direction using the Waze Carpool!

Casual Carpool on US 36 is the perfect option for the commuter who wants all the benefits of a carpool without the daily commitment. It is a mutually beneficial commute option that allows drivers to cruise for free in the Express Lanes while giving riders a quick and easy commute.

Casual Carpool on US 36 was created to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles traveling between Boulder and Denver on the US 36 corridor while increasing the usage of the High Occupancy Vehicles Express Lanes. By taking part in Casual Carpool on US 36 you will save time, money, gas and reduce your carbon footprint.

How it Works: Give Casual Carpool a Go!

Step 1: Choose whether you’d like to be a rider, driver or both by downloading both the Waze app and the Waze Carpool app!

Step 2: Enter your commute details.

*Note: Drivers: enter your home and work addresses. Riders: Enter your preferred pickup point along US-36 as your home address.

  • US 36 & Table Mesa Station (East Bound)
  • US 36 & Broomfield Station (West Bound)
  • US 36 & Church Ranch Station (Both Sides)
  • Union Station in Denver (17th & Wynkoop)

Step 3: Look through your carpooler matches and send a few offers!

We recommend doing this a day or two in advance and sending as many requests/offers as possible to give yourself the best chance of finding a rider or driver. When setting up your carpool, make sure to have one driver and two passengers to qualify for the US 36 Express Lanes.

Step 4: Confirm your Casual Carpool.

Step 5: Meet up with your Casual Carpool companions at the predetermined location and zip past traffic in the US 36 Express Lanes.

Have any questions, comments, concerns or just want someone to talk to about Casual Carpool on US 36? Email with any and all your questions.

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Remember: Practice Safe Casual Carpool

Since Casual Carpool on US 36 operates as a mutually beneficial program, we encourage all involved to be respectful towards each other and to create a safe environment ensuring the integrity of the system.

When using Casual Carpool on US 36, be sure to use your best judgment and listen to your gut. When setting up your Casual Carpool, get a feel for the other people you’ll be riding with and if you aren’t vibing with them, you have a right to refuse the ride. Casual carpoolers are encouraged to understand the legal implications of getting into the car with a stranger.

Commuting Solutions is not liable for any damages, losses, injury, etc for the use of the information on the site and any incidental events related to the commute.

Get Picked-Up

Currently there are three predetermined picked up spots along US 36:

  • US 36 & Table Mesa Station (Eastbound Side)
  • US 36 & Broomfield Station (Westbound Side)
  • US 36 & Church Ranch Station (Both sides)
  • Union Station in Denver (17th & Wynkoop)

Drivers cannot park at Union Station but can use parking lots in downtown Denver.

As the program expands and more people are ready to casually commute, more pick-up spots will be added. Pick-up locations are designated by branded Casual Carpool on US 36 signs.

The Benefits of Casual Carpool

Besides being affordable, fun and easy, you are also part of the bigger picture. Casual Carpool on US 36 will reduce your carbon footprint and open up the road for everyone to have a faster commuter.

Casual Carpool on US 36 currently operates through the Waze Carpool app. For the first three months of the program, Waze Carpool is offering a flat rate of $1 a ride for Casual Carpool on US 36 riders, no matter how far your trip is! Once the incentive is over, it will cost riders the federal reimbursement rate of $0.58 a mile. Drivers will always receive the federal reimbursement rate for the mileage they drive.


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