Sameride App helps commuters to start new casual carpool (‘slugging’) routes. The media reports outlined below describe how the casual carpool (‘slugging’) works in the US metro areas of Houston, TX, San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC

Getting to work: I pay $1 to get from the East Bay to SF by ‘hitchhiking’

San Francisco, CA | by The San Francisco Chronicle | October 22, 2018

Casual Carpool revolutionizes the concept of ride share, and saves a ton of money. San Francisco Chronicle executive manager has documented his experience of casual carpooling in San Francisco Bay Area.

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Northern Virginia’s oldest ‘slug’ line imperiled by transit center project

Washington, DC | by The Washington Post | March 10, 2018

For nearly 50 years, Northern Virginia commuters who work in the Washington, DC picked up complete strangers for the ride into the city. This organized hitchhiking — or “slugging” — allows drivers to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and cut 30 minutes or more off their commute through crawling traffic. And the riders, many of them federal workers, policy wonks and military personnel, get a free ride.

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Slugging — The People’s Transit

Washington, DC | by Pacific Standard | June 14, 2017

Workers who have come down from the surrounding high-rise offices begin to line up on a sidewalk in downtown Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, about 3:30 in the afternoon. They stand in a perfect queue, iPods and newspapers in hand, and they look, by all indications, like they’re waiting for the bus.

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San Francisco’s ‘Casual Carpool’

San Francisco, CA | by The Wall Street Journal | March 7, 2017

Thousands of San Francisco commuters use a grassroots hitchhiking method called the Casual Carpool to get to work each morning. Here are the rules of the ride.

How Casual Carpooling Works

San Francisco, CA | by Spare the Air | July 31, 2013

Get dropped off at a casual carpool location. With 3 people in a car, including the driver, you can commute to work. Go stress free in the carpool lane. There’s a better way to work!

Slugging a ride

Washington, DC | by CNN Business | May 31, 2011

Carpooling with strangers, aka ‘slugging,’ has increased in popularity for those who commute between Northern Virginia and D.C.

Slugging — The People’s Transit

Washington, DC | by Miller-McCune News Network | March 7, 2011

In Washington, D.C., commuters have taken thousands of cars off highways via a homegrown rideshare system known as “slugging.”

Casual Carpooling Scan Report: Washington, DC; Houston, TX; and San Francisco, CA

Research | by FHWA | December 8, 2010

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has been exploring how slugging works, taking a two-part approach (scanning and focus groups) to studying the mechanics, logistics, and success of the practice.

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Slugs avoid the slow lane

Houston, TX | by The Houston Chronicle | July 3, 2007

These aren’t your typical hitchhikers. They carry laptops. They wear neckties, pink suits with heels. They have iPod headphone cords sprouting from their ears. And, in a few Houston suburbs, they’re a precious commodity.

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D.C. Drivers Slug In The Fast Lane

Washington, DC | by CBS News | July 5, 2005

It’s quitting time in Washington D.C. and commuters are lining up to catch a ride home with a complete stranger. It’s called “slugging.” Think of it as organized hitchhiking or anonymous carpooling where you never have to drive, and it’s one heck of a way to beat the high cost of fuel – up to $5,000 a year.

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Easy riders — casual carpooling rolls on with few hassles

San Francisco, CA | by The San Francisco Chronicle | January 31, 2005

30-year-old social experiment rated high by commuters. Every weekday morning, mostly in the East Bay, you see them lined up like lemmings — sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks and the odd sports car, creeping along the curb. Coming up the sidewalk toward them, dressed for the day’s battle with the city, are the hardy commuters.

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Slugging’ to avoid Washington slog

Washington, DC | by BBC News | 15 October, 2003

Commuters to the US capital city have an unusual way to beat the jams come rain, sun or snow. As the sun begins to rise, the people start to gather. Some have walked from home, others have taken a bus or parked their car in a nearby lot.

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To Commute to Capital, Early Bird Gets ‘Slugs’

Washington, DC | by The New York Times | April 29, 2003

With little notice outside Washington, these Northern Virginia commuters to the nation’s capital and big office sites of nearby Arlington, Rosslyn and Crystal City have blended hitchhiking and carpooling into a quick, efficient way to outmaneuver a traffic-choked freeway.

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Impatient commuters form impromptu car pools

Houston, TX | by The Houston Chronicle | December 2, 2002

Hundreds of passengers and drivers team up each day to create impromptu car pools that let them whiz to work in the HOV lane. Many commuters who do it say they were skeptical of impromptu car pooling at first. But once they gave it a try, they found an efficient system that saves time, money and stress.

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