Getting There
A Guide to Rides in Eastern Maine Hancock II Washington II Penobscot II Piscataquis II Waldo Counties
shared rides

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) hosts the ride board as a convenience to residents of our region who may wish to share rides or costs. EMDC is not a transportation provider, and we have no employment relationship with individuals offering rides on this board.

EMDC is not responsible for the actions of the individuals with whom you travel and it is up to those participating in shared rides to evaluate the individuals they are riding with.

Participation in shared rides is a voluntary decision and EMDC is not liable for any damages or expenses. EMDC is also not responsible for insurance coverage and it is solely the responsibility of the driver to ensure that their insurance coverage extends to ride sharing and carpooling.

No unaccompanied child under the age of 18 years may participate in a shared ride.

EMDC reserves the right to remove any posts or ratings from the Neighborhood Ride Board at its own discretion.

F.A.R.E. Cellphone Networks

F.A.R.E. is short for Friends Assisting with Rides and Errands. The Zocalo Permaculture Center in South Gouldsboro came up with this idea to reduce unnecessary car trips from their neighborhood. They created a private, independent cellphone network for their small group of friends and neighbors.

F.A.R.E. networks typically involve just 6 to 12 people. They utilize regular cellphones and text messages, and do not require Internet access or computers. They allow group members to contact each other directly, without going through a centralized computer or an agency switchboard.

F.A.R.E. networks utilize stored cellphone numbers and saved text messages. A group member who is heading to the supermarket can send a short text to others in the group. Individuals can respond by asking to ride along, or by requesting that the driver pick up items for them at the store.

Available recurring rides are stored in the cellphone’s address book, using an easy-to-understand code. Recurring rides are linked to the driver’s cellphone number, so group members can ask to ride along with the click of a button.

Groups members agree in advance on fees for rides and errands. These fees are displayed in the stored message or ride.