Van Pool Commute

What makes vanpools so economical?
In a typical vanpool, six to eleven commuters ride together, each contributing a low monthly fare that gets them a comfortable van, with all maintenance, repairs, and insurance covered.

Not only is the cost of fuel spread out among all the riders, each saves wear and tear on their personal vehicles.  Your car won't depreciate as fast, nor need maintenance as often.  For some people, a vanpool means not having to buy a new or used car just to be sure of having a vehicle they can rely on to make a daily, long-distance commute.

How does a vanpool work?
One person volunteers to be the primary driver/coordinator of the van.  In exchange for taking on that responsibility, the driver usually receives a discount on their monthly fee.

Riders usually meet at a designated pick-up location such as a Park and Ride lot.  Some vans have more than one pick-up point.  Some do not. The same applies to drop-off point destinations.  It all depends on the nature and needs of the vanpool group.

How much does a vanpool cost?
The riders share a fee that covers the cost of the vanpool lease and fuel.  The leasing price depends on the number of miles the vanpool travels each month.  All maintenance, license, and insurance costs are included in the lease.

Just as important, employers can help cover the cost of a vanpool and get a tax deduction through an IRS-approved fringe benefit plan called Commuter Choice.

What if there's an emergency and I need to leave early?
Emergency Ride Home program makes sure you get to the places you need to in an emergency, you can enroll in the program by following the link provided.
http://www.commuterservices.org/commuters/emergency-ride-home-program/

What if I have errands I need to run?
Discuss schedule changes with other vanpoolers in your group. You may be able to set your pick-up point close to a shopping center or bank to accommodate errands after work.  Or, you may choose not to vanpool on the days you have to run errands.

What are the vans like?
All of the 11 passenger vans are specifically designed for commuters. Each is equipped with air-conditioning, individual vents, AM/FM radio, and automatic transmission.

What is my commitment to the van?
All commuters in a vanpool make a month-to-month commitment. You may leave the vanpool by giving 30-day's notice.  This allows the vanpool time to recruit another rider to take your place.

What if the driver or a rider gets sick or goes on vacation?
Each van has a back-up driver in case the primary driver cannot drive the van for whatever reason.  Riders are responsible for their monthly fare whether or not they choose to ride the van every day.

Interested in forming a vanpool?
Contact us.  We'll be glad to guide you through the process.  Download the Van Pool Brochure.