Vanpool may be an option for a larger group of employees (6-15) that live greater distances from their work sites. If you live at least 15 miles away from work, you are eligible to participate in a vanpool. Vanpool riders pay a monthly fee to cover the costs of operating the vehicle (fuel, insurance and maintenance). Valley Metro, through a contract with Enterprise, furnishes vans to registered commuter groups. Capitol Rideshare's vanpool webinar explains options for state employees in detail:
Participating in a Vanpool
If you work at a large site, this might be an ideal setting to seek others who are interested in forming a vanpool. Work with your agency’s Travel Reduction Coordinator to recruit additional riders for a vanpool. Ask to post a vanpool riders wanted form on the break bulletin board or in another employee common area. If you do not work at a large site or cannot find coworkers at your workplace who live near you, then be sure to register at SharetheRide.com to find potential vanpool commuters.
The vanpool driver rides for free; the driver is responsible for the vehicle and for collecting fares from the passengers. All potential drivers must meet minimum qualifications to drive a van for the vanpool:
- Minimum age of 25 years
- No more than three driving record points in the last three years
- No DUI, at-fault accidents, or hit and run citations
- Valid Arizona driver’s license
- Good credit rating
- Be punctual, reliable and drive safely.
Serving as the vanpool driver is a significant responsibility; potential drivers should carefully consider the Vanpool Driver responsibilities before applying to drive.
Once the group has enough participants (a minimum of six), the driver should contact Valley Metro or Enterprise to get a quote and start the process. The driver will need to complete a background check, which will take about two weeks.
Valley Metro contact: Angie Wilkie, [email protected]. Enterprise contact: Rick MacNeal, [email protected].
Capitol Rideshare offers qualified state employees a $30 monthly subsidy, which is paid directly to the vanpool vendor (Valley Metro’s contractor, Enterprise). The subsidy offsets the cost of the monthly vanpool fee. Once you have joined a vanpool, fill out the vanpool subsidy application and return it to Capitol Rideshare:
Email: [email protected]
Mail or interoffice delivery:
100 N. 15th Ave., Suite 305
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding driver qualifications, driver responsibilities, passenger responsibilities, rules that govern vanpools and other related issues.