A vanpool is an organized ridesharing arrangement where a group of commuters ride to and from work on a regular basis. If you are interested in trying or joining a carpool or vanpool, the RideShare program can help you find other people going the same way at the same time, or introduce you to possible vanpools that operate in your area.
Never vanpooled before? Find answers to common questions about vanpooling below.
- What is a vanpool?
- Why should I join a vanpool?
- What are my vanpooling options?
- How many people are in a vanpool?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I start or join a vanpool?
A vanpool is a ridesharing arrangement where a group of commuters ride to and from work on a regular basis. Vanpools are usually more structured and formalized in their organization than carpools. They work best when the commute is 30 miles or more and there are some riders who do not want to drive at all. Vanpools operate in different ways: some are leased, some are provided by employers and some commuters use their own vehicles.
- Decreases commuting time and expenses
- Qualifies you for rider incentives (where available)
- Reduces wear and tear on your personal vehicle
- Allows you to catch up on work, sleep or other activities (e.g., read a book or newspaper)
- Guaranteed Ride Home program
The RideShare Connection also offers a way to find vanpool matches. When you create your profile on the site, you may find a vanpool on your match list if your commute route matches up with a vanpool route.
vRide (formerly VPSI) operate commuter transportation and mobility programs from more than 40 centers in 50 major urban areas throughout the world. Use the online matching tool to locate a vanpool route in your area that meets your commute requirements. Call 1-800-VAN-RIDE.
Usually a vanpool is made up of seven to 15 riders, depending on the size of the vehicle.
In the AdVANtage Vanpool Program, the driver typically pays no monthly fee and is allowed up to 500 personal-use and other non-commute miles per month.
If you would like to apply for the AdVANtage program, complete and submit the AdVANtage Vanpool form to KCATA. Commuters interesting in joining or driving a vanpool can e-mail AdVANtage or call 816/346-0800 for more information.