A vanpool is a larger group of commuters who ride to and from work on a regular basis in a designated van instead of a car. Often, vanpool passengers pay a monthly fee. One person volunteers to drive and doesn’t pay a fee. The vanpool provider takes care of maintenance and insurance.
There are two vanpool options in the Kansas City region.
RideKC Van offers a great way to save money, while getting you to work and helping the environment. Vanpool members pay a monthly fare based on the cost of operating the van. Vehicles include seven- to 15-passenger vans, along with sport utility vehicles. RideKC Van is available in Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay, Platte, Leavenworth, and Cass counties in the Kansas City area. Contact RideKCVan@vride.com or 1-800-VAN-RIDE (826-7433) for more information.
Enterprise’s Rideshare program also operates vanpools for groups of individuals and for employers. You can search for an existing vanpool near you or learn how to set up an employee vanpool at your business.
Consider finding a central park and ride lot where members of the vanpool can meet.
If you take a vanpool on a regular basis, you can register for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free taxi cab ride home from work in case of emergency.