What is Vanpool?
Why choose vanpool?
- Benefit provided to employees
- Helps with retention and recruitment of employees from farther away
- More space in the parking lot
- Reliable arrival and departure time
- Improve sustainability metrics of the company
Benefits to the employee:
- An affordable ride
- A safe, relaxed, reliable commute
- Less wear and tear on your vehicle
Benefits to the community:
- Reduced traffic congestion and parking needs
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- The money saved on sharing your ride may be spent locally
What do you need to start a vanpool with Commute Options?
1) The vanpool needs to either start OR end in Deschutes, Crook, or Jefferson counties.
For example, a vanpool can start in Bend and end outside of Deschutes county and vice versa .
2) 4 or more employees who have a similar commute and shift.
If you check these two boxes – contact us! We can help get the ball rolling and coordinate the next steps!
What about needing to get home early due to an emergency?
Where do I park my car during the day?
How is a vanpool paid for?
If the vanpool starts OR ends inDeschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties:
Commute Options and CET provide a subsidy that comes from STIF funds. The remainder of the lease fee is paid for by the employer, employee group of riders, or some combination.
If the vanpool starts and ends in any other county:
The lease fee is paid for by the employer, employee group of riders, or some combination. There is currently no subsidy offered outside the tri-county region.