OTO Rideshare Program

To register an existing carpool, volunteer to start a new carpool or sign up to be matched with carpools in the area, contact:  Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) at (417) 831-RIDE or register online at Ozarks Transportation.

The OTO Rideshare Program serves the counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster, and Wright.

The Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) is the federally desiginated regional transportation planning organization that serves as a forum for cooperative transportation decision-making by state and local governments, and regional transportation and planning agencies. MPO’s are charges with maintaining and conducting a “continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive” regional transportation planning and project programming process for the MPO’s study area. The study area is defined as the area projected to become urbanized within the next 20 years.

Carpooling offers many benefits.

  • It’s easy: Carpooling is simple, easy to do and flexible
  • It’s convenient: Carpooling provides commuting convenience comparable to driving alone, but with less stress and companionship while you’re commuting. Carpooling partners establish their own unique rules and arrangements that best meets the needs of their particular carpool.
  • It saves you money: sharing the costs of driving and parking in these times of increasing gas prices can help you reduce your daily commuting costs. The more occupants in the vehicle the more you save.
  • It’s less stressful: Commuting with others means there’s less frustration and you arrive at your job more relaxed and ready to work. If you’re not driving, you might even be able to catch up on reading, get some extra sleep or work while commuting.
  • It’s better for the environment: Fewer cars on the road means reduced Green House Gas emissions and improved air quality.
  • It improves your available commuting options: Carpooling offers a commuter option that may work for you better than other modes. It serves people who live where transit service may be limited and may fit your work schedule better than other options.