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Carpooling and Vanpooling

Overview

A carpool occurs any time two or more people ride in a vehicle together. Anyone can share a ride — neighbors, classmates, coworkers or even someone you have just met. Some carpoolers take turns driving and exchange no money at all. Others drive all the time and pick up riders who share the costs of commuting.

A vanpool is an organized arrangement when a group of commuters ride to-and-from work on a regular basis in a designated van. If you are interested in trying or joining a carpool or vanpool, the RideShare program can help you connect to other commuters going your way.

Carpoolers and vanpoolers are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program — in case you need to get home in an emergency.
 

The benefits of carpooling 

  • Save a significant amount on your commuting costs.
  • Reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Enjoy a less stressful commute.
  • Reduce traffic congestion.
  • Help to keep the air clean.
  • Make new friends and keep more consistent work hours.

How to register and rind carpool matches 

Register with RideshareKC by creating a personal account through RideShare Connection, our online matching service. There is no obligation to form or join a carpool or a vanpool. By using RideShare Connection, you’ll be able to:
  • Create a password-protected account.
  • Enter and manage carpool preferences.
  • Get instant matches with other commuters who want to form or join carpools.
  • Send email messages to your matches.
  • Access your account any time to update your profile or search for more matches.

Reasons to join a vanpool
  • Save time and money.
  • Qualifies you for rider incentives, where available.
  • Reduces wear and tear on your personal vehicle.
  • Allows you to catch up on work, sleep or engage in other activities like reading a book.
 
Vanpooling options
  • Enterprise operates vanpools for groups of individuals and for employers. Go to the Enterprise website to search for a vanpool near you, or learn how to set up an employee vanpool at your business.
  • vRide offers vanpool services to individuals and employers. Use the online matching tool to locate a vanpool route in your area that meets your commute requirements or call 1-800-VAN-RIDE.
 
How many people are in a vanpool?
Usually a vanpool is made up of seven to 15 riders, depending on the size of the vehicle.
 
How much does it cost?
Vanpooling typically costs less than driving alone. Riders pay a monthly fee that covers their cost, such as depreciation, insurance, maintenance and fuel. The driver typically pays a reduced or no monthly fee and is allowed up to 500 non-commute miles each month.  Vanpools that are organized through an employer are eligible for pre-tax commuter benefits.
 
How do I start or join a vanpool?
You can use the Enterprise and vRide search tools to find vanpools in your area. Commuters interested in joining or driving a KCATA vanpool can email AdVANtage or call 816/346-0800 for more information.