826-836 Reconstruction Project

826/836 Carpool Incentive Program

A carpool is when two or more people ride together in the same vehicle to commute to work. All registered carpool groups that qualify for the 826/836 incentive plan will receive a monthly incentive, per carpooler.

How does a group qualify?

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In order to qualify, the groups carpool route must travel within the incentive zone and meet the program's criteria. CLICK HERE to use our 826/836 interactive map to determine if your route to work travels through the incentive zone.  Simply enter your home and work addresses and click the Show Route button.  In addition, the map will provide you with information on potential carpool partners.

How is the carpool incentive calculated?

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Incentives are available based on the number of individuals participating in the carpool, the carpool group traveling within the incentive zone, and the number of participants that carpool 12 days or more per month. CLICK HERE to use our 826/836 interactive map to determine if your route to work travels through the incentive zone.  Simply enter your home and work addresses and click the Show Route button.

What incentives can carpoolers receive?

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  • 2 Person Carpools Receive $50.00 Ea
  • 3 Person Carpools Receive $100.00 Ea
  • 4 Person Carpools Receive $150.00 Ea
  • Incentives will be provided in the form of Visa Cards.

How long can carpools receive incentives?

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All participants meeting the criteria are eligible for incentives beginning February 2012 until funds are exhausted.

How does a group receive their incentive?

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  • Each carpool group must complete an 826-836 Incentive Program Registration Form with South Florida Commuter Services.  
     
  • Once your registration has been verified and approved, you will receive a confirmation email (within 7 business days) stating that you are enrolled to receive incentives.
     
  • Your incentive start up date will be outlined in your confirmation email.  Carpool participants will not be eligible to receive incentives prior to the date specified on their confirmation notification.
     
  • Participants will be provided with an SFCS Online Profile.  You will receive email instructions on how to activate your profile.  Your profile will provide you with access to your Online Calendar.  Online calendars must be updated/completed within 10 days of the trip or the calendar will not accept the entry.  Calendars can NOT be changed once the 10 days have passed.
  • Calendars submitted by each participating carpooler must correspond with the groups carpool activity. If records do not match, the carpool incentive could be reduced or not provided at all.  For example, in Carpool #1 – Amy, Jane and Gerry carpooled Mon, Wed, Thu, and Fri. of the first week but Amy’s calendar noted that she carpooled Tues, Thurs, and Fri. – this is a mismatched record and now may only count as a two person carpool since all data is not the same. 
     
  • Carpoolers receive their level of incentive based on the number of participants that carpool 12 days or more per month.
     
  • SFCS will send incentives to the mailing address provided for each participant in the carpool. 

When will carpool groups receive their incentives?

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Incentives provided after October 2013 will be distributed on a monthly basis.

What criteria does SFCS use to determine carpool eligibility?

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Carpools must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the program. If any member of the carpool does not meet the criteria, the 826/836 carpool registration request could be denied unless additional information is provided that would constitute a qualified carpool.

  • Carpools must also travel within the designated incentive zone.
  • Carpools cannot consist of only members living in the same household.
  • Carpools cannot have an origin and destination within the incentive zones.

What are the program rules & regulations?

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All participants must sign the registration form prior to submitting it to SFCS acknowledging that the information they provided is accurate or check the verification box on the online registration form.  The 826/836 Incentive Program is a web-based incentive program.  In order to participate you will be required to provide an active email address and will need access to the internet.

All personal information, including home address and home phone number, submitted to SFCS will only be used to register participants and provide 826/836 Project information and/or updates to the registrant. Personal information will be kept confidential and is only to be used for registration purposes. 

Carpools must meet the criteria established for the 826/836 incentive program. Carpool groups must consist of at least two members living in different households. If a carpool group has more than one member from the same household, only one member in the carpool group will receive the incentive. Example: Carpooler A, Carpooler B, and Carpooler C share the ride to work.  Carpooler A and Carpooler B live in the same household. This carpool will only be considered as a two person carpool and is only eligible to receive up to $50.00 a month for Carpooler A and Carpooler C. Carpools cannot have an origin and destination within the incentive zone.

In order to participate in the 826/836 incentive program, commuter employment locations must consist of a business/commercial address, a registered business phone number and employ more than one employee. SFCS has the right to verify employment for any commuter submitting a registration or participating in the program. At any time, if a participant is unable to verify their employment or their employment location does not meet the above stated criteria, the registration may be denied or the commuter can be terminated from the program. SFCS also has the right to request verification of additional information including participants’ alternative mode.

At any time, if a participant’s information is unable to be verified, the registration may be denied or the commuter terminated from the program.  SFCS also reserves the right to deny a registration at any time if the registration does not meet the intent of the incentive program or is considered questionable by SFCS.

Participants are required to provide the vehicle make, model, and license plate information for any vehicle that is used by a carpool; if they are a rider in the carpool, SFCS will only need their home/work and contact information. If you receive a new vehicle or license/registration information, you must contact SFCS to update the information on file to avoid being removed from the incentive program.

Participants must update their calendar through their SFCS Online Personal Profile.  Calendars must be updated within 10 days of the date of the trip or the calendar will not accept the entry.  Calendars can not be changed once the 10 days have passed.  There will be no exceptions.  If the calendar is not filled out by each person in the carpool and provided to SFCS in accordance with the rules, the incentives will not be provided to the carpool group for that corresponding month.  Calendars must correspond with each participating carpooler. If records do not match, the carpool incentive could be reduced or not provided at all. 

Incentives provided after October 2013 will be distributed on a monthly basis. SFCS will send incentives to the mailing address provided for each participant in the carpool.  SFCS is not responsible for replacing lost or stolen gift cards.  Shipments that have been returned due to inaccurate addresses may not be re-mailed at the expense of SFCS. Any disputes regarding the distribution, receiving, or balances of incentive cards must be submitted to SFCS within 30 days of the card distribution date. Disputes must be submitted in writing via email (sfcs826836@1800234ride.com) or postal mail (5450 NW 33rd Ave, Ste 109, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309). All participants meeting the criteria are eligible for one year’s worth of incentives beginning February 2012 ending January 2013.  Incentives after December 31, 2012 will be provided based on available funding. Participants assume all applicable tax liability for participating in the program. 

South Florida Commuter Services reserves the right to modify or eliminate any or all portions of this incentive program at any time. SFCS has the right to remove or deactivate a carpool or commuter if they are found violating any of the rules and regulations of the 826/836 incentive program. Updated 3/12/14.

For rules and regulations regarding the Florida International University 826/836 Pilot Incentive Program, CLICK HERE.

How can I find someone to carpool with?

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If you need help finding carpooling partners that live near you, have a similar work schedule and work in the same area, Register Online or call 1-800-234-RIDE to receive a FREE list of possible carpool partners.

How do I register my carpool for the incentive program?

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To register your existing carpool, CLICK HERE to register online or to receive a hard copy registration.

Have questions? Email us at sfcs826836@1800234ride.com.