There are many reasons to share rides:
friendly conversations from person to person - even among friends, protecting the environment together and in the end, everyone saves money and shares the costs for gasoline.
With the "North Hesse Region" commuter portal, North Hesse has had its own "functional portal" for searching car shares in Hesse and across state borders since 04/01/2011. This can be found directly via the web address www.nordhessen.pendlerportal.de and is marketed locally.
The commuter portal enables working and everyday commuters to quickly and easily find car shares within the North Hesse region. The car share search in the commuter portal is free for users, easy to operate and tailored to the needs of regular commuters. Origin and destination can be selected by entering postal code, city or district, or by simply clicking on a map.
In the future, larger company locations or commercial districts will be able to be selected as origins or destinations. With integration of the local public transport, the alternative connection with public transport is first displayed with the search results.
The connected districts, communities and companies can either integrate a search screen on their own homepage or link to the regional commuter portal. This creates added value for commuters and workers and provides an additional mobility offering. As a result, parking spaces are conserved, workers' mobility costs are lowered and the traffic load is reduced, which protects the environment.
Save gas and protect the environment: Pendlerportal.de enables car shares
Unique combination of ride sharing and local public transport – free citizen service is offered by more than 250 communities – Internet service completely updated with new functions
Pay less money for gasoline, prevent environmental damage, no more boring car rides by yourself, but instead with company: there are many good reasons to form ride shares on the way to work or when commuting on the weekend. To find co-passengers or to look for a ride opportunity, the Internet site www.pendlerportal.de is the number one address: the Internet service, also available as an app, specializes in the enabling of ride shares and is offered by more than 250 districts and district-free cities across Germany, as a free citizen service. Hesse, North Rhine-Westfalia, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein use the service extensively, and local public transport is even frequently integrated. The Internet service as well as the related app are free; no fees are charged to users.
Since early February, searching for co-passengers or ride opportunities in the commuter portal is even easier and more convenient: The Internet site was completely updated and now offers new functions, improved searching options and simplified user guidance. The new version of the commuter portal was programmed in "responsive design," so that the display and functions of the Internet site automatically adapt to the respective device (PC, smartphone, tablet) used to access the portal. This allows the commuter portal to be navigated by Internet browsers on cell phones and tablet computers as conveniently as on a PC or in the app. The app (for iOS and Android), launched in 2014, is available for free in the app stores. Users can freely decide on which technology they use to access Pendlerportal.de and will find the same functions everywhere. In addition, searching has been simplified. Users register in the portal and reach their destination quicker.
In the new version of Pendlerportal.de, the search function has been completely overhauled. The search automatically recognizes cities, districts and street names, has auto-complete, important destinations like train stations and town halls are saved and it is easy to switch between multiple possible destinations. The search results are clearly displayed and can be more easily filtered by criteria such as male/female driver, smoker/non-smoker, car size, luggage space, emissions sticker and fuel type. At the requests of many users, all available rides in a circumference of 50 km around the origin/destination region are now displayed.
In the regions and states that have integrated buses, trains, etc. into the commuter portal, the local public transport connections for the routes and combination options searched for are also displayed. Commuter routes can comprise bus or rail rides, a ten-minute walk to the car share meeting point and a streetcar ride for the last section, for example. This combination of ride sharing and local public transport, or "intermodal commuting," is hitherto unique in Germany – the commuter portal is the market leader here. "This has allowed the commuter portal to make the leap to becoming a comprehensive mobility portal," says Frank Dalock, CEO of "Marktplatz GmbH – Agency for Web & App," which developed and operates Pendlerportal.de.
The commuter portal is free for passengers and providers of ride share opportunities. The site is used by communal regional authorities, transport associations, states and transport ministries through a licensing model. "The commuter portal is one of the components for realizing cleaner transport concepts," says Dalock. Anonymity of the user is always ensured; drivers/passengers make arrangements independently and decide themselves which information they disclose.
The commuter portal is used frequently – enormous beneficial effects for the environment have already been achieved by the enabled ride shares since beginning in 2006. "According to our statistics, 107 mil. fewer kilometers have been driven as a result of the enabled ride shares. When converted, this represents a CO2 reduction of about 16,000 tons. Or, calculated differently, 15 mil. Euros in fuel costs were saved," says Dalock. There are currently offers for more than 16,000 rides per day in the commuter portal.
Usage numbers and usage intensity of the commuter portal have risen continually in recent years. It is important to more and more people to make a contribution to reducing the CO2 load, and many also want to get the better of rising fuel costs. Accesses to the commuter portal increase noticeably every year when the gasoline prices reach new highs, such as at the beginning of the vacation period. Incidentally, there is no "average" user of the commuter portal – young and old, men and women, work commuters and single-route riders are equally represented.