|All Your Transportation Options In One Place
||Rideshare/Carpool Service for a Single Location
|Thank you for visiting AlterNetRides - Services & Features.
AlterNetRides is a completely automated, internet-based service that gives
organizations a way of providing environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives
in a simple,
easy-to-use, easy-to-implement, inexpensive platform.
As you will see, we have a full range of features that help organizations with a wide variety of needs. We work with regional
transportation agencies, TMAs, corporations, universities, hospitals and more
to provide alternative transportation solutions.
The AlterNetRides Applet
One of the features that makes AlterNetRides unique is the AlterNetRides Applet.
Our entire service can be implemented
in the form of a popup applet. This allows each organization to place a link on their web site and when clicked, AlterNetRides appears
as a popup. The individual never "leaves" your web site. It also means you have no hardware or software to install. You can
literally implement our service overnight!
Ease of Use
The design of AlterNetRides makes it intuitively easy to use. Each location has its own tailored Welcome page so the person
immediately feels comfortable knowing this is for them. When they become a member we automatically walk them through setting
up a ride to their location. In moments they're viewing others wanting to rideshare.
At the same time, we take care to protect each person's privacy. In fact, a person can use our service and does not have to reveal
any direct contact information. We have designed into AlterNetRides a blind email feature that allows individuals to
contact each other without revealing their personal email address.
Organizations can offer Bonus Incentives to encourage participation in their alternative transportation programs.
These can be anything from preferred parking for those carpooling to pre-paid gas cards.
Additionally, incentives can be tied to our
My Commute Log that allows a person to record how they got to work each day: carpool, drove alone, vanpool, bike, etc. Each time
a person uses some form of alternative transportation they earn a point towards an incentive. It's a great way to promote continued
interest in your program and gives you concrete reporting that your efforts are paying off!
Instant Ride Club
AlterNetRides has a unique feature we call the Instant Ride Club (IRC) that allows people to contact others by means of
Yahoo! Instant Messenger. This allows for dynamic ridesharing and enables people to help each other out more easily
in the event of an emergency. The IRC also allows a person to shotgun an email message to everyone who is a member
of their "club".
Carpooling for Events
AlterNetRides can be used to promote carpooling to events such as sporting events, walk-a-thons, concerts, festivals, etc. It takes about
one minute to set up a new event and then the hosting organization simply places a link on their web site. Once the event passes, all of
the rides and the event itself automatically disappear!
As a Sponsor, our clients have a separate login that gives them access to a variety of features that enable them to tailor the service for their
organization, produce reports on participation, set up their transit routes & schedules, manage their vanpools, bonus programs and more
designed so they are simple and easy to use. The idea is to put you in control without requiring huge amounts of technical expertise.
As mentioned before, one of the elegant features of AlterNetRides is that it requires no hardware or software installations. But in
addition, we know how important it is to keep the data "clean". We have a process that looks at each ride every night. If there's been no
activity in the past 6 months, the system automatically sends a warning email giving the person an opportunity to renew their
ride. If no action is taken, the ride is automatically withdrawn.
Bring AlterNetRides To Your Organization
As you can see, AlterNetRides is packed with features. Our service is used by hundreds of organizations around the country.
Email Us or simply call 925.952.4519 for more information about our service
and how easy and inexpensive it is to bring AlterNetRides to your organization.
|If your organization has a single location where you want to provide a rideshare service, AlterNetRides makes it remarkably simple.
We set up your location, create a tailored 'Welcome' page and send you your link. Once you place the link on your web site, 'presto!' you have a completely automated rideshare service.
When clicked on, what appears is the AlterNetRides Applet. The person never "leaves" your web site and the entire rideshare service
looks and feels like a tailored service that part of your web site!
|Rideshare Service for Multiple Locations Made Easy
|AlterNetRides makes it easy to implement a rideshare service for multiple locations. Whether you are a regional
transportation agency or a corporation with multiple offices scattered around the country, our service lets you provide a completely
automated rideshare service with a single link on your web site. Click
on the map and you'll see three locations listed. When you select one,
notice how the small popup disappears and the AlterNetRides Applet appears!
|Our Commute Scheduler Allows You to Make Transit Information Available Online
|The Commute Scheduler provides organizations the ability to make their
local bus, train, ferry, etc.
routes and schedules available online. A person selects their starting location and their destination and the Commute Scheduler will
automatically figure out routes, times, transfers and more. It's fast, simple to use and allows even smaller transit agencies to offer a
terrific tool to help people figure out how to use their transit services. Click on the bus to see the Commute Scheduler being used
in Humbolt County, CA.
|Our Vanpool Module Makes It Easy
|For organizations that have vanpools, you know the challenge of making information about your vanpools available and the work
involved in managing the program. AlterNetRides makes both easy with our vanpool option. First you can set up your vans with their
pickup spots, times, cost, etc. and with a single link, make this information available. A person can apply to join a vanpool
and then we provide the functions that help organizations manage the vanpools.
|School Bus Information
|For school districts that provide school bus service, you can make your bus stops, times, return times and more available online.
Additionally parents can sign up to receive email notifications in the event there is a change in routes/times or if there is an emergency.
This will save you time and money as it will reduce the phone calls from frantic parents wanting to know the location of the closest bus stop is and
make the information available 24/7/365!
|School Pool Program
|AlterNetRides has a unique feature we call Approval Required especially designed
for School Pool programs.
When parents click on the school link, they can set up their ride
but are blocked from viewing other rides until they're approved. The approval process is done by the school.
When approval is granted an email is automatically sent to the waiting parent
letting them know they can return and start looking for other parents wanting to form carpools.
|Bonus Incentive Programs
|Organizations can offer Bonus Incentives to encourage people to use alternative forms of transportation.
Incentives can be tailored for each location if need be. Plus you can control when a person qualifies for each incentive: when they sign up, only when they have a confirmed
match, when they reach xx number of points earned with My Commute Log and more.
|The Green Vehicle Guide
|The Green Vehicle Guide allows a person to look up any vehicle manufactured
since 2000 and find out it's EPA pollution rating. Organizations automatically receive this feature when they sign up.
Additionally, when a person becomes a member, they can save their vehicle to their account and track the cost of
ownership with our My Vehicle Log!
|My Vehicle Log
|With My Vehicle Log a person can track the cost of vehicle ownership. Any expenses such as purchasing fuel,
oil changes, etc. can be recorded and the cost-per-mile and miles-per-gallon is automatically calculated. There is no extra charge
for this feature and gives individuals reason to return to again and again.
|My Commute Log
|My Commute Log allows a person to "log" how they get to work each day: carpool, vanpool, etc. Each day they use some form of alternative transportation they earn a point.
Bonus Incentives can be created that require a person to reach xx number of these points. The system will even send the person an
email reminder each week to do their log. It's fast, very simple and will calculate how much they spend on commuting each week.
|Commute Savings Calculator
|When organizations sign up for our service, they automatically receive a special link for our Savings Calculator that enables a person to see how
much they can save when they rideshare with another. Your organization banner and name is displayed and the banner acts as another link to your