Vanpool in the Central Valley is a great alternative to driving alone. It’s reliable, relaxing and economical!
Van pooling can save you money and your sanity! Why pay the expense of commuting alone when you could split the commuting expenses among a group of 7 to 15 people who live in the same community and work in the same general area you do. You will log fewer miles on your own vehicle, so you save on personal operating, maintenance and insurance costs.
Many times the total monthly cost of riding in a vanpool is equivalent to paying just the fuel bill for your own car. That means vanpooling adds up to huge savings for you!
Vanpooling also helps save you time by turning your commute time into high-quality personal time. You can sleep, read, write letters, or put the finishing touches on that report you’ve been working on. Fewer vehicles on the road means reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality. When you consider all the true costs of driving alone, vanpooling equals real savings!
Conventional Vanpooling options
Leased: A group of 7-15 commuters work with a vanpool leasing company to obtain a new model van with all of the modern conveniences. The group shares the responsibility of operating the van while the leasing company provides insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance. In exchange for services rendered, vanpool drivers often pay low or no fares and are entitled to 200 free personal miles on evenings and weekends.
Company-operated: An employer owns or leases the van and makes it available for employee commuting at a nominal cost. Usually limited by insurance restrictions to company employees and their spouses.
WHAT ABOUT EMERGENCIES?
At one time or another, almost everyone has to leave work early due to an unexpected emergency. Your company may have or want to develop an Emergency Ride Home program to deal with this situation. Some employers keep vehicles available or offer a rental car or a taxi. You might be able to catch a ride with another employee leaving at a similar time. You should always be aware of your options in case of a family emergency or unexpected overtime.
If you are in a vanpool that is registered with the Measure C Vanpool Program, an Emergency Ride Home Program is already available to you. Check with the company you lease your van from to make sure they are registered with the program