If you see the appeal of cheaper, less stressful, more productive commute options, but don’t see many choices in your neighborhood, a vanpool might be a great solution for you. Sharing a ride doesn’t add much extra time to your commute, but it does save money, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, give you extra time to do more, and even introduce you to new friends.
There are two ways to go in sharing a ride: the group can use the driver’s own vehicle or they can get a SUV or van from Capital Metro’s Metro RideShare. Capital Metro’s program provides subsidized costs and insurance for the vehicles – a monthly subsidy of up to $500 a month. You can see one of the comfy SUVs below!
“Our morning commute usually consists of cheerful conversation of current events,” says John, who has been vanpooling with Metro RideShare for several months. “My favorite part of my commute is saving money and the new friends that I have made… and the overall feeling of doing my part to help the environment by consolidating five carbon footprints into one.”
Sound like your cup of tea? The best part is that Metro RideShare is currently running a special promotion that makes it even easier to join and set up your vanpool group. You and three of your neighbors can try out a free month of vanpooling! Click here for all the details.
If you don’t have ride share buddies yet, contact Metro RideShare for help getting matched with a group. Or you can even do your own search using the Carma Carpool app or MyCommuteSolutions.com. Some employers also offer carpool matching assistance.
To learn more about the costs and benefits of vanpooling, visit the Metro RideShare web site or call 512-477-RIDE.