Vanpooling is a great, cost effective alternative for your daily commute. You can enjoy the convenience of sharing a ride to work with others together in a friendly environment.You'll arrive at work safe, on time and relaxed. But the benefits don't stop there. By vanpooling you can begin to use your commute time productively to catch up on your work, your sleep or the latest best seller.
A vanpool is a group of 7 - 15 people who commute together on a regular basis in a van. One person volunteers to be the driver/coordinator of the van. The riders share a fee that covers the vanpool fare. Riders usually meet at a designated pick-up location like a shopping center parking lot or a park and ride location. Some vans have more than one pick-up point, some don't. And it's the same with drop-off points at the destination.
It all depends on the nature and needs of the vanpool group. Of course the fewer stops, the faster you'll get to work and home again.
Because you share the cost with up to 14 other people, vanpooling is typically much less expensive than driving yourself to work. In addition, vanpoolers are eligible to receive special Federal tax incentives for vanpooling. If you travel more than 35 miles one-way to work and have a schedule that's relatively consistent, you're a good prospect for joining or starting a vanpool.
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