Tennessee law defines “ridesharing” as prearranged transportation with a volunteer driver where the trip is solely for the purpose of getting to work. Ridesharing includes carpools, vanpools, and buspools (TN Code Sec. 65-19-202).
Drivers of ridesharing vehicles are not required to have the special licensing requirements applying to common carriers. Ridesharing vehicles need no special equipment and require no special vehicle registration (TN Code Sec. 65-19-205, Sec. 65-10-206).
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) launched the Smart Commute program to help commuters across the state identify alternative means of travel besides driving alone and serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources on high-occupancy vehicle lanes, public transit, passenger rails, ridesharing, and walking and biking programs. For information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us
or call 615-741-2848.
RTA Relax and Ride.
The Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) offers regional bus and rail services and a carpool and rideshare program that includes emergency rides home and allows participants to use express commuter lanes. RTA's EasyRide program allows employers to offer commuter benefits to their workers. For information, go tohttp://rtarelaxandride.com
or call 615-862-8833.
The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is a nonprofit organization created by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. It offers a number of commuting options, including Fare Cards for bus services. For more information, go tohttp://www.nashvillemta.org
) or call 615-862-5950.