GoManitoba has been Manitoba’s go-to tool for ride matching; helping commuters to meet carpool partners, bus buddies, and cycling mentors.
We have Manitobans covered for work, but what about for play?
Whether you are heading to a concert, sporting event or out-of-town festival, you can now connect to share the ride with GoManitoba’s newest feature: SINGLE-TRIP MATCHING!
The single-trip matching tool is used to find partners to share a ride for one-time trips. You and your carpool partners benefit by sharing the cost of gas, parking, and reducing GHG emissions.
How Does It Work?
With the GoManitoba tool for Single Trip Matching, you are able to quickly find drivers and passengers for upcoming trips. Remember, this is not a taxi service! See our blog to learn more about the difference between Ridesharing and Ridehailing. With GoManitoba, you are still coordinating a carpool, only instead of this being for routine, repeating trips (like to work or school), it is for a trip on a specific date and time.
With GoManitoba, you are able to pay the person driving for your share of the trip directly through the app. Once your trip is confirmed, GoManitoba will hold the trip amount. 48 hours after the trip is complete, the funds will be dispersed to the driver. We recommend in-app payments for safety, to avoid the exchange and handling of cash.
To start, log in to your GoManitoba account. You will immediately notice that your home screen has changed!
On the left, you’ll notice a series of buttons. To access the Single Trip Matching features, click the plus sign.
Under One-time trips, you can post as a driver looking for passengers, or a passenger looking for a ride.
For this scenario, we’ll imagine that I am going to drive from Winnipeg to my home-town for a break over the holidays.
- I enter my trip details. You can see that I can post both the exact pick-up and drop-off locations, while also adjusting the “Publish As” text. This allows my trip to be a bit more general.
- Under “additional details” I have posted that my departure time is flexible. These spaces are great to post important notes about: pets, storage space, child seats etc.
- Once all is entered, I post my trip
- Note: Because GoManitoba is not a ridehailing service, like TappCar or a taxi, you cannot go above the max amount that the tool calculates based on the distance of your trip. This is simply a cost-recovery, not a profit maker. In the case above, RideShark calculated the cost-recovery amount for the trip to be $40, but I was able to put any amount, up to $40, as the cost. You can even make your trip free, in the case of volunteer drivers for seniors and other programs.
- Once my trip is posted, I simply wait to receive ride requests. When received, I have the option to accept or decline riders (similar to how AirB&B must accept your booking). Always follow the hints and tips for carpooling to ensure you have a positive experience.
Find A Driver
For this scenario, let’s imagine I am in need of a ride downtown later this month.
- I click the Find A Driver box
- I enter the details for the trip I am looking to make
- In this example, I can see Heather is heading to a Jets game that night, and it’s right near where I need to go.
- I click on the trip box.
- At this point, I can send Heather a message to talk about this trip ahead of time (in the post on Safety, we recommend checking a driver’s reference, or meeting in a public place ahead of time). With the Single Trip Matching, you can also see the star rating of drivers and passengers to help you decide if you want to share a ride with this driver or passenger.
- Once you are comfortable, simply click the Book A Seat button. This will send a message to Heather, and Heather will then choose to accept you, or not, as a passenger.
Post A Ride Request
You can also input trip details for a future trip you’d like to find a carpool driver to share the ride with. For example, if I am going to need a ride home after the holidays, I can post that trip a month or two ahead of time once I know my schedule.
Remember, GoManitoba is not a ridehailing service like Uber, TappCar or a taxi. Carpooling, or ridesharing, is all about sharing a ride with someone already making the trip.
Consider using the Single Trip Matching function for:
- Sport events, like Goldeyes, Bomber and Jets games
- Culture events, such as theatre, dance and music shows
- Music festivals, like the Winnipeg Folk Festival
- Day trips to the beach
- Use the tool to coordinate carpools for socials or events where alcohol will be served.
- Coordinate volunteer drivers with passengers from your community, like seniors.
- and MORE!
We hope that you are just as excited as we are about this new GoManitoba software update! If you have a trip coming up and would like to fill your car with new friends, go ahead and post your trip.
With GoManitoba, you never have to go alone.