ECONOMICS OF VANPOOLING

The concept of commuter vanpooling and the incentives that make it financially advantageous to the rider, the driver, and the company are examined. The primary incentive for riders is the money they can save on the commute to and from work. The farther the commute is, the greater are the savings. Convenience and camaraderie are also found to be important inducements for riders. For the driver, the incentives are a free commute to work, the possibility of getting rid of a second automobile, and personal use of the van on weekends. The incentives for 20 Texas firms that are currently operating approximately 310 vanpools are found to vary. Some companies initiated vanpooling to expand their labor market, some as a means of providing an increase in disposable income to employees, and some to save on parking costs. A detailed comparison of commuting and parking costs for automobile and vanpool is presented. Conditions in the state of Texas that have encouraged the use of vanpooling and future prospects for vanpooling in Texas are summarized. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 52-57
  • Monograph Title: Current paratransit and ride-sharing activities
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308558
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM