What is a Vanpool?

A vanpool is a group of five to fourteen people with a similar origin, destination, and schedule, who share the costs of commuting and ride in a vehicle with seven or more seats. The group divides the cost of the monthly van rental, gas, insurance, and other costs among them-selves.

  • Reduces parking costs and creates more available spaces.
  • Allows for the use of HOV lanes and reduces travel time for employees.
  • Saves participants money on gas, tolls, insurance, and maintenance.
  • Reduces wear and tear on personal vehicles.
  • Improves air quality by taking more cars off the road.
  • Assists interested employers in implementing pre-tax transit benefits for their employees
  • Makes driving a shared task and provides riders with time to read, nap or even catch up on work, which produces more productive, less stressed employees./li>

Employee vanpool groups not only receive the benefit of an easier, greener commute, but could also qualify for a subsidy that offsets costs associated with the monthly lease. The Massachusetts Commuter Vanpool Program provides a monthly subsidy of up to $600 (not to exceed 50% of the monthly lease cost) to qualifying vanpools that lease their vans directly from a participating vanpool vendor.

For more information contact director@alewifetma.org