Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Vanpool Interior

 

Vanpooling Makes $ense

A Smarter, Better Way to Get to Work. 

 

Dramatically reduce the cost and stress of driving to work by sharing the ride in a vanpool!

Metro Vanpool is a regional program, subsidized by the Metropolitan Council, to help meet the commuting needs of commuters that reside or work in the seven-county metropolitan area.

Program Features & Benefits

  • 5 or more people riding together
  • Ideal for commutes at least 11 miles one way
  • Ride 3 or more days per week (on average)
  • Volunteer driver keeps the van
  • 100% of the maintenance and repairs plus 24-hour roadside assistance included
  • $1 million liability insurance included on all vans
  • Multiple vehicle options to choose from including minivans and crossovers
  • No long-term commitment – 30 days notice to leave (drivers or riders)
  • Free Guaranteed Ride Home program
  • Commuter Tax Benefit

How to Qualify

Participants must live or work in one of these counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington.
Vans must carry a minimum of five people (including the driver) who share the ride at least three days a week.
Vanpool routes must not duplicate regular bus routes, light rail or Northstar Line service.  Each vanpool is subject to approval by the Metropolitan Council.

    To be eligible to lease a van, prospective drivers must:

  • be 21 years old or older
  • possess a valid driver’s license in his or her state of residence
  • have a good driving record and permit Rideshare by Enterprise to review his or her record
  • have a good credit rating

Vanpool Costs

Funding from the Metropolitan Council helps subsidize the overall cost of leasing a Metro Vanpool van, making it even more affordable.
Note: Metro Vanpools that operate exclusively within the seven-county metropolitan area receive a 55 percent subsidy on the van lease. Metro Vanpools that start or are traveling to locations outside the seven-county metropolitan area receive a 50 percent subsidy on the van lease.

 

Check with your employer—you could lower your costs even more. In some cases, employers also help cover vanpool expenses.
After the Metropolitan Council subsidy (and any employer contribution, if applicable) the riders split the remaining lease cost and gas.

    Costs are determined by:

  • Distance traveled
  • Size of van being leased
  • Number of passengers
  • Amount of Metropolitan Council subsidy
  • Amount of employer subsidy

 

Driver Benefits

Primary drivers ride free in exchange for driving and coordination responsibilities.
Primary drivers can use the Metro Vanpool van for some personal trips (up to 250 miles per month).
Primary drivers receive $100 after the first six months of driving and $100 annually thereafter. One back-up driver receives $50 after the first six months of driving and $50 annually thereafter.

 

Get Started!

Step 1: Find 5 or more people. Find people to start a new vanpool or find an existing vanpool to join by visiting our Commute Assistant

Step 2:  Complete the Vanpool Registration form.

Step 3: Contact Kate Meredith with Commuter Services at 612.750.4494 or kate@494corridor.org

Commuter Services is here to answer your questions and help you form a vanpool.  Please call us at 952.405.9425 or email kate@494corridor.org anytime.

Hear from metro area vanpoolers in this short video.
The Van-GO! program is now called Metro Vanpool. Rideshare by Enterprise replaced VPSI.

Vanpool Map

Sue Humphrey’s vanpool – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sue Humphrey’s alarm clock rings at 4:30 am. She soon heads out the door to pick up her fellow vanpoolers along the 45 mile one-way commute from River Falls, Wisconsin to Bloomington. Since first hitting the road in 2011, the van has logged over 11,500 trips and nearly 105,000 commute miles. With an average of six people in the vanpool, it has added up to significant reductions in cost, miles and greenhouse gas emissions. The vanpoolers appreciate these savings as well as the shorter commute time and reduced stress vs. driving alone. But even more than that, Sue says, “vanpooling is so much more than a shared ride to work, I have gained genuine friendships!”

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