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Employee vanpools are an easy and cost-effective commuter benefit to offer employees. 511NY Rideshare can help you do it—free of charge.
In a vanpool, commuters share a ride in a 7- or 15-person van. Employees’ commitment to the vanpool is on a month-to-month basis, so no long-term commitment is required. Vanpool riders typically live more than 30 miles away from the work site and work fixed hours. Riders whose employers participate in the Commuter Tax Benefit program also can qualify for a pretax benefit of $130 per month for vanpool fares and up to $250 per month for qualified parking.
511NY Rideshare assists employers and employees in forming and operating vanpools, facilitating van delivery and selecting routes and times. Our services include:
511NY Rideshare offers two vanpool formation options for employers: commuter vanpools and employer vanpools.
In a commuter vanpool, 511NY Rideshare works directly with employees to form the vanpool. Commuters going to one or more companies in the area will share their ride to work, pay individual monthly fares, establish convenient pickup/drop-off points and determine the best time to leave home for an on-time arrival at work. We will promote the vanpools, identify potential vanpool groups, provide route planning and find new riders when necessary.
In an employer vanpool, 511NY Rideshare works directly with employers to provide a simple vanpool service. We will provide a fully insured vehicle, once the driver has been approved. The employer agrees to pay a monthly rate, based on total monthly mileage, and may charge back some or all of the transportation costs to employees, without profit.
A van can also be used as a shuttle to link your work site to nearby bus or train stations.
For more information on forming a vanpool, email info@511NYRideshare.org or call 511 and say “Rideshare.”