Vanpool

​Vanpools are a rideshare service that allows people who are traveling to and from the same locations to  ride together in a van. Vanpools carry on average seven to fifteen passenges and may operate on weekdays, traveling from one or two common pick-up locations. These are usually a park and ride lot or a transit location, or the workplace.   By having more people using one vehicle, vanpools reduce each person's travel costs, such as fuel, tolls, and the stress of driving. This type of commuting is environmentally-friendly and sustainable way to travel, as sharing journeys reduces carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces.

How​ do I sign up?​

 Find a vanpool in your area and sign up here.

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For more information contact Raelee Davis:

Enterprise Holdings

: (405) 330-9191
: Raelee.d.davis@ehi.com
: (844)789-5909

The computer program will try to match you with someone. We will notify you by mail if there is a match or not. If there is a match, we will send you the other person's information. You are responsible for contacting the other person and working out the details. If there is no match, you will remain in the system and new applications will be compared to yours.​

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Tips for establishing a rideshare

Picking the Partners

Finding partners who rideshare by choice rather than necessity can help eliminate the inconvenience of last-minute cancellations or emergencies. A three-way rideshare is ideal, as two people can share a ride even if one partner occasionally has to drive alone.​

Establishing the Rules

There are many things to consider when outlining the rules of a rideshare:

  • Set ground rules at the onset regarding smoking, perfumes, aftershaves, eating in the car, personal grooming, who controls the radio, and others
  • Discuss safety issues; if you are uncomfortable with tailgating and speeding, make it known upfront
  • Don't be afraid to draw up a "contract" to help clarify and reinforce each rideshare member's responsibilities

Arranging the Schedule

You can arrange to have your rideshare pick you up and drop you off at the location of your choice. However, you should keep in mind that most of the car's pollution is generated when you cold-start your car in the morning (starting a cold engine emits more pollution than driving 10 miles).

Once you and your partners have established a routine that works, stick with it. You will have a schedule that you can depend on and not have to think about.

Don't deviate from the route for personal reasons without surveying the impact of doing so on your rideshare companions. On the other hand, a quick stop at the convenience store may be just what they need, too.

Handling Possible Disadvantages

Emergency situations probably head the list of conveniences about rideshare. Establishing a plan ahead of time to handle such occasions can be very beneficial for all partners. In addition, find out if your employer offers the Guaranteed Ride Home offered by Rideshare, which provides you with a FREE and reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arises. In the meantime, you should always have a number where you can reach your rideshare members in case of emergencies.

Plan to drive on the days you will need a car. Run errands and schedule appointments for those days. You could also store your bike at work for lunchtime errands.

If you know ahead of time you will have to work late, let your rideshare partners know. If you are driving that day, perhaps you could take your partners home first and then go back to work. If you are not driving, perhaps you could catch a ride home with someone else working late with you.

If you are sick when you awaken in the morning, make sure you call your rideshare partners as early as possible to amend the arrangements.

Other Considerations

When you are driving, make an effort to assure the comfort of your passengers. Ask before you open the window, change the radio station or adjust the climate control.

Consider making your car available to anyone in the rideshare who may need it during the day. If you make safe driving a requirement upfront, you'll feel better about someone else using your car. Someday you may need the favor returned.

If you decide that your rideshare is not working out for you, don't be afraid to bow out and make a fresh start. There is probably a better rideshare partnership out there for you.

Keep in mind that one of the main reasons for rideshare is to help in the battle for clean air.​

Rideshare promotion tips

Provide Employee Incentives

  • Preferential parking for rideshare
  • Reduced parking fees for rideshare
  • Participation in Wichita Transit's discount bus pass program
  • Flexible working hours to allow for the formation of rideshare
  • Advance notice of overtime so employees in rideshare may make alternate commuting arrangements
  • Time off work to attend rideshare organizational meetings
  • Recognition for employees involved in rideshare (certificates and prizes)
  • Participation in the Federal Transit Administration's Commuter Choice Program, which allows employees a tax-free incentive to commute to work by means other than driving alone

Promote Rideshare

  • Provide rideshare information and applications in "new hire" employee orientation packets
  • Conduct a commuter survey to determine employee travel patterns​
  • Utilize Wichita Transit's FREE computerized rideshare matching service
  • Advertise rideshare and its benefits in a company newsletter
  • Appoint a Transportation Coordinator to assist employees with meeting their transportation needs
  • Conduct raffles and give prizes for ridesharers
  • Establish a transformation information board where employees may advertise openings in their rideshare or request to join one​​

This informational material above was prepared with the support of the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE - FG48 - 97R802102. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of DOE.​​