What is a Vanpool?
A vanpool is a group of 5 – 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. Participation is on a month by month basis, so there is no long term commitment. 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.
What Benefit does the VA provide?
VA employees are eligible for the maximum transit benefit authorized by Executive Order 13150. For 2011 the transportation benefit is up to $230 per month. This benefit is available to all VA employees who commute daily on qualified mass transit, including train/subway, bus, vanpool or ferry. (Carpools do not qualify). Employees receive a direct subsidy for their monthly qualified transit expenses up to $230.
What do NOACA and VPSI provide?
NOACA provides a Guaranteed Ride Home Program, so you always have a way to get home, as well as assist in matching riders to form a vanpool group.
VPSI provides the van (minivan up to 15 passenger vans), the maintenance, insurance, licensing, registration, etc.
How do I get started?
Register by clicking on the link below and we will find others who commute along your main route and work a similar schedule. If you already have others who do or can commute with you, please let us know, so we can keep your group together.
OhioRideshare is a cooperative service offered by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate), and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).
Now, finding a carpool partner is as easy as Point, Click, Ride!
OhioRideshare gives residents from 13 counties in Northeast Ohio the ability to identify potential carpool partners quickly and securely. Registering with OhioRideshare is free and gives you the power to conduct searches for potential carpool partners online.
You control the personal information that is shown to other carpoolers. Contact possible carpoolers by email to discuss what your needs and expectations are and you're on your way! You may also enjoy other features such as mileage tracking and interactive mapping functions.
- Saves money by splitting commuting costs for fuel, tolls and parking
- Lowers stress
- Reduces pollution
- Gives riders time for other activities such as reading, sleeping, working, and socializing
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Reduces need for parking spaces
Not Registered? Click on “Create Account” under “New Rideshare User” and enter your information where prompted.
Already registered? Sign in with your user name and password under “Member Login.”
- It’s that easy – Point, Click, Ride!
For more information, please call 1-800-825-RIDE.