TCAT has contracted with vRide to provide the vehicles and administrative support for a community vanpool program.


What is a vanpool?

A vanpool is a group of 5 to 14 people who commute together on a regular basis in a commuter van.  The commuters live near each other and/or work near each other.  Typically, although not always, these commuters do not live close to a fixed bus route.


How does it work?

One person volunteers to be the coordinator of the vanpool, while others may elect to be alternate drivers.  The members of the vanpool set their own daily schedule and commute route.

The van itself, along with insurance and sometimes even gas money, is provided by a transit agency, municipality, employer, or a private company.  While members of the vanpool do pay for the service, but especially if subsidized by an employer, the savings compared to owning and operating separate vehicles can be substantial!

TCAT targets the price per passenger per month anywhere between $50 to $80 depending on the number of passengers and round-trip mileage. Please note that this price is subject to change, especially as gasoline prices change.


Why vanpool?

Go green! Vanpooling may save you your hard-earned money that otherwise would get poured into your gas tank.  Vanpooling is a greener choice than driving to work alone, reducing the amount of fuel consumed in a region’s commute and decreasing the amount of pollutants that go into our atmosphere.

Besides, who wants to deal with a lonely drive and traffic?  Sit back–relax–do a crossword puzzle, make your grocery list, or chat with your neighbors–and enjoy the better way to get to work!

For more information or to sign up for a vanpool to commute to work, visit or call 1-800-Van-Ride (826-7433).