Vanpool and Buspool Services

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Vanpool and buspool services are similar to carpool services, but on a larger scale. They are employed for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. To connect residents living in low-density regions with local employment centers
  2. To provide an affordable alternative to the automobile for home-to-work travel
  3. To provide a door-to-door transportation service in areas where public transit doesn’t exist or paratransit is too costly to operate[1]

An image advertising LA Metro's Vanpool Program

Vanpool and buspool services are typically operated either by an individual, under the auspices of a public or private program, directly by the government, or by an employer. Funding sources can include public agencies, private employers, a combination of public and private sources (as a part of a public-private partnership), or nonprofit organizations such as Best Workplaces for Commuters. [2] Tax breaks are also available for vanpool services, as part of a national effort to decrease congestion. [3]

There are several user benefits of vanpool and buspool services. They reduce the collective cost of gas and private auto insurance, they provide access to commuter tax benefits, they provide access to high occupancy vehicle lanes, and they operate on a fixed schedule, ensuring users will get to their destination on time.

California has one of the most robust vanpool programs in the country. Established in 2012, the California Vanpool Authority (Calvans) was created primarily to serve the mobility needs of agricultural workers in the Central Valley. To learn more about Calvans, read Transitwiki’s article on the California Vanpool Authority.


External Links

Conrick, Amy "Vanpools: A Viable Option in Rural Regions."

Ride Arrangers: Denver Regional Council of Governments. "Vanpool Guidebook."

Transit Cooperative Research Program. TCRP Synthesis 98. "Ride-Sharing as a Complement to Transit." 2012.