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In Case Of Transit Strike, CommuterLink Helps New Yorkers Catch A Ride

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Many New Yorkers will be carpooling to work next week if there is a transit strike. NY1's Ruschell West has a look at how one company is helping pair people together.

“Going my way?” That's the question Sharowne Williams may be asking next week if there is a transit strike.

“I might have to hitchhike on Monday,” Williams said. “I have no clue. I might have to hitch a ride with whomever. As long as I get there.”

Like Williams, many people are having a difficult time finding people to carpool with, but one company in College Point is willing to do the legwork for you.

CommuterLink is a nonprofit organization providing free carpool-matching services for people commuting into New York's five boroughs, Westchester, and Upstate.

“If you live in Flushing and you going into Midtown Manhattan, we would send you a list of people from your area in Flushing going to the same area in Manhattan that you could share a ride with and form a carpool with,” said Jennifer Covello the marketing manager of CommuterLink.

Commuters must sign up online for the service and get a list of people who live in their neighborhood and work in the same area. Then, commuters make arrangements to carpool together.

The company said it has been flooded with phone calls since the talk of a possible transit strike.

“On average, in a month, CommuterLink receives about 100 to about 150 carpool applications,” Covello said. “In a day right now, since the announcement of a possible strike, we've received about 500 per day.”

Some people say they may have to use the service because it's free and they are running out of time to find people to carpool with.

“I would have to pay money on taxi and all these things,” said Queens resident Ruby Bhalla.

“First of all it's free, second of all it's convenient,” said nearby commuter Veenu Sachdeva.

For more information, call 1-866-NYCOMMUTE or log onto www.commuterlink.com.

--Ruschell West
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