What is vanpooling?

Vanpooling is like carpooling, but with more people – and more saving. With an Every Commute Counts vanpool, you and up to 14 other people share the commute to and from work in a passenger van provided by Every Commute Counts. Each participant pays a monthly fare; the more people in your vanpool, the less you pay. And if you’re the primary driver, you pay no monthly fare at all!

Vanpooling participants enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Saving on gas and (depending where you’re going) tolls
  • Less wear and tear on your car, which translates to lower maintenance costs
  • Lower mileage for lower insurance costs
  • Ability to relax during the commute instead of stressing over rush hour traffic

Plus, it benefits our community by reducing congestion.

How much does vanpooling cost?

The short answer: a lot less than driving by yourself every day. As an Every Commute Counts vanpool participant, you will be billed individually each month. Here’s how we calculate your monthly fare:

Fee Description
Maintenance Fee Monthly mileage x $0.21
Insurance Fee $150.00
Fuel Expense Fuel expensed by driver using fleet card
Total Operation Maintenance fee + insurance fee + fuel expenses
Monthly Fare Per Rider Total operating costs ÷ number of passengers

Even if you don’t vanpool every day of the week, the savings add up.

In addition, there may be tax benefits. If your employer participates in a commuter benefits program, these benefits may be available through tax-free employer-paid subsidies, pre-tax employee-paid payroll deductions, or a combination of both.

Save even more when you drive the van

By volunteering to be the primary driver (the one who drives 75 percent or more during a month), you pay no monthly fare and have access to the van for personal use up to 200 miles. All you need is to be age 25 or older, a valid driver’s license, and be approved by our vanpool insurance provider.

Emergency Ride Home

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program serves as a safety net for our registered ridesharing commuters. If you vanpool and have an emergency, such as a family illness or mandatory overtime, you can get a ride back to your home or car and be reimbursed 100% of your fare for transit, a cab, or a transportation network like Uber or Lyft.

To find out more, check out the Every Commute Counts FAQs.

Interested in joining a vanpool?