Vanpools (vehicles carrying 7-15 passengers, including the volunteer driver) provide an affordable transportation alternative for employees with a lengthy commute between home and work. Vanpools can be organized through a transit agency, employer, transportation management association, a group of employees, or other sponsoring organization.
Integrating Vanpools into Transit Services
This on-line, self-paced training leads transit agencies in considering the benefits of offering vanpooling services alongside their other transit services, as well as first steps in doing so. Many resources are included with the training for additional learning.
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- Transcript of Module 3
- NTD Tool for Vanpool Services. Guidance from the National Center for Transit Research to assist urban transit agencies in meeting the reporting requirements for the National Transit Database (NTD). Provides spreadsheet template to facilitate providers meeting reporting requirements.
- Applying the Commuter Tax Benefit to Vanpool Riders (February 2010 webinar)
- Transcript of Module 4
- Vanpool Pricing and Financing Guide (2000). A guide developed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research to help transit agencies and others starting a vanpool program.
- Vanpooling: A Promising Transportation Option for Commuters with Disabilities (August 2010 webinar)
Profiles of Vanpool Programs
- Wave Transit (Wilmington, N.C.) Vanpool Program (YouTube)
- Coast Transit (Gulfport, Miss.) Vanpool Program (YouTube)
- The Case of Tennessee Vans: A Social Business Model to Develop and Finance Community Mobility Resources
Van-based program that initially used public funds purchase vans and is now self-sustaining. The vans are either than sold at affordable prices and terms to human service agencies and other groups providing transportation for their service population or used in vanpools. Revenue from both these programs is then recycled into purchasing additional vehicles for purchase by other agencies or as replacements for vanpool vehicles.
- Vanpools: A Viable Option in Rural Regions. Profiles long-standing vanpool program operated by Ben Franklin Transit and how the program has grown as area commuting needs have evolved.
- Vanpools for Agricultural Worker Transportation. Reviews the development of the Agricultural Industries Transportation Services in Kings County, Calif. Also view a presentation by Ron Hughes, who began the agricultural vanpool program. The pilot project eventually led to the CalVans program, which now operates over 350 vanpools in several counties.
- Profiles of Innovative Rural Vanpool Programs. Describes rural vanpool programs that developed to meet the needs of providers, employers, and workers.
- Rural Vanpooling: Highlights from Three Communities Webinar. (January 2010 webinar). Learn about three rural programs in Kings County, Calif.; Brunswick, Ga.; and Missoula, Mont.
- National Center for Mobility Management, "By Topic: Ridesharing." Lists current publications and trainings on vanpooling and carpooling.
- Vanpooling: A Handbook to Help You Set Up A Program at Your Company(1993). Old but good resource from the National Transportation Research Library designed to help California employers set up a vanpooling program.
- Vanpool Driver Handbook (2006). Sample vanpool participant handbooks, developed by Triangle Transit Authority (North Carolina).
- Vanpool Guidebook. Developed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the handbook addresses needs of vanpool drivers and passengers, and provides an overview of the program for potential participants.
- Ridesharing Etiquette: Tips for Ensuring an Enjoyable Experience. From the Joblinks Employment Transportation Center. Presents a number of considerations to ensure a carpool or vanpool experience is a positive one for all participants.
- Transportation to Work: A Toolkit for the Business Community. Provides useful information on ridesharing and vanpooling.
- Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits (including commuter tax benefit). Internal Revenue Service Publication 15-B
- Association for Commuter Transportation Vanpool Council
- National TDM and Telework Clearinghouse, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida
For assistance with questions about vanpooling, please contact the Joblinks team at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-891-0590 x734
The resources on this page were developed by the Joblinks Employment Transportation Center through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration.