The Bay Area Vanpool Program provides qualified vanpools $350 off the monthly cost of a vanpool. It also helps commuters find vanpool seats, start vanpools, keep vanpools on the road with an "empty seat" subsidy, provides free bridge tolls to qualifying vanpools, and helps vanpools get discounted parking.
A vanpool is a group of seven to 15 people commuting together with an unpaid driver. Vanpool vehicles can be rented through a third-party provider, such as Commute With Enterprise, be owned by an individual, or provided by an employer.
COVID-19 Vanpool Safety Tips
The safest measure in the COVID-19 environment is to stay home when possible, in accordance with public health directives. To help protect you and ohers in the event you choose to vanpool, the Bay Area Vanpool Program gathered the following information from public health sources. For complete and accurate information on how to protect yourself in the COVID-19 environment visit the CDC website.
- Reduce the number of people in the vanpool to allow for distancing between driver and riders.
- Stagger where riders sit to allow maximum distancing between driver and riders.
- Wear a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth and request your fellow vanpoolers wear them as well.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands or while wearing gloves.
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% isopropanol.
- Clean and disinfect vehicle surfaces between after each trip: door handles (inside and out), steering wheel, armrests, seatbelt/seatbelt buckles, seats, and knobs (including climate control, radio, glove box, etc.).
- If possible, keep the windows open when traveling to increase airflow.
- Stay home if you have any one of the identified symptoms.