Learn the Benefits of Carpooling/Vanpooling

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Learn how carpooling and vanpooling can save your business money. 

Earlier this week we discussed the many merits of encouraging your staff to use public transportation to get to and from work. However, in some instances, public transportation is either not an option or is so inconvenient that it would be close to impossible to get employees to sign-on to the program. In these cases, another great option is to set up a carpooling and/or vanpooling program at your company.

What is the Difference Between Carpooling and Vanpooling?

Carpooling and Vanpooling both fall under the category of Ridesharing, in which a vehicle carries additional passengers when making a trip, with minimal additional mileage.

The key difference is that Carpooling uses participants’ own automobiles, while Vanpooling uses rented vans.

Why Set Up a Carpooling/Vanpooling Program?

There are a many ways that a carpooling/vanpooling program at your company can both save you money and make your employees happier.

Save Money Carpooling and vanpooling can help reduce wear and tear on personal vehicles, as well as save money on gas and insurance.

Save Time When someone else drives, participants can use their free time to work, sleep or just relax.

Save the Environment Carpooling and vanpooling takes cars off the road, creating fewer emissions and reducing each participant’s carbon footprint.

Potential Pre-Tax Benefits Employers who offer voluntary transportation benefits may receive pre-tax benefits through the IRS Code 132 (f), and help save their employees money.

Reduce Parking Congestion Carpooling and vanpooling can help employers reduce the number of cars on their community roadways and in company parking lots as well as save on parking expenses.

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How to Set Up a Program

There are many ways employees can join carpools and vanpools on their own, but employers can set up their own internal systems with help from these services:

myCommuteSolutions is a regional, voluntary trip reduction program, that promotes a wide range of transportation options. One of the program’s key features is the ability to set up custom sites for businesses, allowing employees to search for carpool buddies within your organization.

Carma is a smartphone app that allows your employees to arrange carpools anytime, anywhere. Employees can search the Austin-wide database, or you can set up a custom group for your business.

Metro RideShare provides eligible groups of 5-12 riders with a month-to-month vanpool lease agreement including insurance, maintenance, 24-hour roadside assistance and fuel purchasing program. You can schedule a free consultation with a vanpool program representative by calling 512-477-RIDE (7433).

For more general information about the impact of carpooling/vanpooling, check out the infographic by carinsurance.org.

Carpooling: Saving Time, Money, and the Planet
Presented By: CarInsurance.org

Are you ready to take the next step? 

Click here to join the mobility challenge and get free consulting support paid for by the City of Austin and Capital Metro to build your mobility program.

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