Purpool is Bowdoin's new Carpooling Tool. Only Bowdoin users (faculty, staff, students) can use it.

Purpool does 3 things:

  • carpool matching
  • helps with scheduling and communication within your carpool
  • calculates how much gas you and your carpool don't use, carbon you don't emit and miles you don't drive because of your carpool.

Please note that the more people registered on Purpool, the more useful it will be to Bowdoin employees. If you have any interest in carpooling, please register. This way, you can be found by others!

If you would like to start carpooling to work, you may register on Purpool to find others whose schedule or address would make it easy to carpool with.

How to register on Purpool:

Go to http://www.purpool.com
On the right, middle part of the site, below "New Members", click on the "Register" link.
The first page asks for name and contact info.  Fill in the required (*) fields and click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
The second pages asks for information about your car so it can determine the number of miles per gallon that your car gets. If you can not find your exact motor vehicle, please select the make and model that is closest to yours. Once you select the first 7 options, your "Combined Miles Per Gallon" and "Carbon Emissions" will be automatically calculated.  Click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
The third page asks your music and interests (optional).

Click the Register button at the bottom of the page and you will be taken to a welcome page.  Your temporary password will be sent to your Bowdoin e-mail address. After you receive your temporary password, you may return to Purpool and log in at the Member Login area.

When you log in the first time, you can try to find other members who live in your town that might be potential carpool mates.  You can also search for established carpools to join or create your own carpool so that others can join it.  Click on the "Need help getting started?" link in the "Dashboard" for an explanation of features.

You can also use Purpool's help resources to investigate what it can do and how to use it.  Or take the tour for step by step instructions for common tasks.