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OC Vanpool Program Continues to Benefit Commuters and Employers

As people head back the office, sharing a ride to save time and money is becoming increasingly popular. The OC Vanpool program has reached a two-year high in participating vans.

Vanpools are month-to-month "super carpools" comprising groups of riders with common schedules and similar work and home destinations. Subsidized in part by OCTA, OC Vanpool applies to worksites within Orange County and is best for those who commute 30+ roundtrip miles daily.

OC Vanpool saves commuters money and stress and features updated requirements to meet the needs of today’s hybrid workforce. Occupancy requirements have been temporarily reduced from 70 to 50 percent, making it easier to start a vanpool. That means a 7-passenger vanpool only needs four regular riders, instead of five, to qualify for the $400 ($500 for qualified groups) OC Vanpool program subsidy. The temporary start-up reduction is now valid through June 30, 2023.

Because vanpools are required to only operate 12 days per month, they are ideal for those with hybrid schedules.

Vanpools operate on a month-to-month basis with a turn-key service that includes the vehicle, insurance, maintenance, and customer service from three OCTA contracted providers. 

For employers, vanpools provide a valuable employee benefit, reduce parking congestion and can assist with South Coast Air Quality Management District compliance.

OCTA can provide answers to questions about joining a vanpool or starting one at your company.

Find out more about the OC Vanpool program here.