How Does it Work?
Vanpooling is an excellent alternative to driving alone. A vanpool usually consists of 7-15 commuters who:
- Commute at least 20 miles each way
- Work a similar schedule
- Work consistent, regular hours
Vanpoolers travel in a fully equipped and maintained, third-party provided passenger van. In exchange for driving, maintenance and coordination responsibilities, drivers usually travel FREE and may use the van for some personal trips during off-commuting times. Vanpoolers also have access to emergency ride home options and potential parking discounts.
Meet with your potential commuting partners to determine compatibility. Some discussion topics:
- Who drives and when?
- How often will you ride together, daily, once a week?
- Where will you meet - a park-and-ride lot, child-care center, at home?
- What kind of a time limit will you set for waiting?
- How will you get home in an emergency?
- Preferences, such as smoking, music, seating.
- Side trips, if any.
- Driver's duties, such as filling the gas tank ahead of travel.
- A specific trial period for the carpool.
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Vanpoolers share the costs of operating the van. Each rider pays a monthly fare based on the cost of the vanpool commute. Fares vary depending on the type of van features, commute distance and number of riders. Typically, the average cost for most vanpools is $135-$250 person per month. Some vanpoolers also may qualify for special employer- provided perks at the work site, such as preferred parking, prize drawings, subsidies and more.
Vanpoolers can spend thousands of dollars less each year by not driving alone. The more people in a vanpool, the more they'll save on gas, tolls, insurance and wear-and-tear on personal vehicles. Vanpoolers also can save time by traveling in one of New York’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
Qualify for a Pre-Tax Benefit:
Employers can offer employees Commuter Tax Benefits on a pre-tax basis. Federal tax code allows tax-free transportation benefits of up to $115 per month per employee for vanpool expenses. Employers can save on payroll-related taxes. Employers pay nothing except minimal costs of program administration. Employees can save on federal and state income taxes.