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New Year, New Commuting Option

The start of the new year is a time for reflection, and southern California drivers often have plenty of time to think during their long commutes.

Commuters spend a lot of time on the road. A 2019 study by Apartment Life indicated that the number of super commuters – those who commute 90 minutes or more each way – rose 29 percent between 2009 and 2017. The OC Register puts the current number at just under 40,000.

Perhaps this is the year to try a different way to get to work.

Consider a vanpool, a group of riders who commute to work together and share a vehicle and fuel and maintenance costs. Vanpooling doesn’t eliminate freeway frustration, but it can make it more bearable. Whether you’re a commuter or an employer, OCTA can help you get rolling.

Participants in the OC Vanpool Program save $200 or more each month and reduce stress levels and commute time. OCTA helps pay the monthly cost by covering roughly 25 percent of fees. For employers, OCTA provides complimentary, no-risk vanpool program implementation and management. 

Today’s vanpool vehicles are better than ever and include SUVs and larger-capacity vans with excellent drivability. 

Find out more by contacting Kristopher Hewkin, OCTA's Vanpool Program Specialist, at 714-560-5331 or khewkin@octa.net. Commuters and employers will find additional information at the OC Vanpool website.

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