A vanpool is group of seven to fifteen commuters who have joined together to ride to and from work, saving time and money. There are three kinds of arrangements:
- Owner operated vans - You lease or purchase a van and operate it independently. Riders meet at a central location and pay you a set monthly fee.
- Third-party vans - A vanpool vendor leases the van for a monthly fee. The monthly lease fee is paid by the group of riders.
- Employer-provided vans - The employer buys or leases vans for employees' commute use. The employer organizes the vanpool riders and maintains the vehicles. The employer may charge a fee to ride in the van or subsidize.
The Virginia VanStart Program provides financial support for new vanpool formations. The program temporarily subsidizes empty seats during the start-up phase of new vanpools. The program is open to all new vanpools that register for assistance with a local rideshare program. Assistance is granted at the discretion of the local Rideshare Program based on eligibility of the applicant. Contact a Virginia Megaprojects vanpool expert or 703-586-0618 for guidance to help you get started with vanpooling.
The Virginia VanSave Program provides financial support for established vanpools that experience a sudden loss of passengers. This program is also administered through local rideshare programs.
- Vanpooling is one of the best ways to commute if you live 30 miles or more away from your workplace
- Compared to driving alone, vanpooling can cost significantly less
- You can read, sleep, or socialize while avoiding the stress of driving
- You may receive a subsidy of up to $245 a month from your employer for vanpool fares
- Vanpooling allows employers to offer an extra tax free fringe benefit to their employees at very little cost to themselves
- HOV lanes can be used to save valuable time, bypassing traffic jams and gridlock
- Helps to reduce traffic congestion by moving more people with fewer cars