Parking and Transportation is proud to announce a new ride-sharing service, AlterNetRides. This service will allow people with an SHSU email address the capability of creating a commuter account and utilizing this carpooling service with other SHSU faculty, staff, and students!
After creating your account, you may select either Huntsville, or The Woodlands Center, as your destination. Once completed, you will receive emails listing others matching your starting/ending points and travel schedule.
AlterNetRides Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
The service is provided by Parking and Transportation at no cost to students, faculty and staff.
What information is required to sign up for AlterNetRides?
You will need a valid SHSU email address.
What will other riders see when they search for matches?
The List Rides screen will show which group you belong to, how often you would like to ride to campus and the starting spot (intersection, subdivision) that you have designated.
There is also a comments box if you need to add additional information. You may choose to disclose your email address, last name, phone numbers or actual address with a potential match once you feel comfortable.
How is my information protected?
You will initially communicate with other riders through the AlterNetRides website. Your email address, last name and phone numbers will remain confidential unless you give them to another rider.
How does AlterNetRides work?
When you find a potential match, click the Possible Match/Email button on the Ride Information page. You are given the option to send an email to that person and both rides are flagged as having a Possible Match.
When an account is flagged, a new button appears on the Member Information page that will list all Possible Match rides. After you have made arrangements with another rider, return to this page and change the status of your ride to Matched! Found a Ride!
If you do not change your status, you will continue to get emails from others looking for a match. You may leave the status if you are interesting in ride sharing with more than one person.
I only want to post a one-time trip. Can I do that?
Yes! This is a very convenient way to find a ride home for the holidays.
How do I know if it's safe?
Neither AlterNetRides nor Parking and Transportation make any assurances regarding the people that use AlterNetRides. You are ultimately responsible for communications with other riders and your own safety. This is part of the Terms and Conditions that you accept when you create an account.
Here are some safety tips:
1. Get their full name and address
2. Verify where they work
3. Make sure their driver's license and auto insurance are valid
4. Ask for referrals
5. Meet in person if possible before commuting together for the first time
What if I can't find a match?
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will find a match using this service.
You may check the website from time to time to see if any new riders have signed up. You may also try broadening your search to include places in your zip code and your city.
What if my match moves or stops ride sharing?
Log in to AlterNetRides and change the status of your ride to Open to return to the ride listing. Then you can search for other riders.
What happens if I do not use the service for an extended period of time?
If your account has had no activity for more than 6 months you will receive an email from AlterNetRides asking if you are still interested in the service. You can click on the link in the email to renew your ride for an additional six months.
How do I remove my account from AlterNetRides?
Log in to AlterNetRides and go to the Edit Member Information page and change the Status of your membership to Delete.
I still have questions. Who should I contact for more information?
You may call, email or visit Parking and Transportation at the Sam South Complex, 2424 Sam Houston Avenue, call (936) 294-2505, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.