A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people who commute to work on a regular basis in a van. One person volunteers to be the driver/coordinator of the van. The riders share a fee that covers the cost of operating the van. The vanpool group determines their daily route. Riders meet at a designated pick-up location, such as a shopping center. There may be more than one designated location if the group agrees.
vRide currently provides hundreds of commuter vanpools for groups of employees at Department of Veterans Affairs VA Medical Centers throughout the country.
What benefit does the VA provide?
VA employees nationwide are eligible for the maximum transit benefit authorized by Executive Order 13150, Federal Workforce Transportation.
The VA transit benefit is designed to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy by encouraging employees to commute by means other than single occupancy motor vehicles. The program is available to all VA employees who
commute daily using qualified mass transit, including train/subway, bus, vanpool or ferry, to and/or from work. Employees receive a direct subsidy for their monthly qualified transit expenses up to $245 per month.The maximum allowable amount has typically been adjusted annually.
Qualified employees may apply for the program by completing VA Form 0722 dated June 2010 and submitting it to their Transit Program Manager, who will coordinate processing through Central Office.