‘vanpōōl / noun.
A vanpool is a group of the coolest people in the world who commute to and from work together in, you guessed it, a van. Vanpools work best for people who live 20+ miles away from work and have a consistent work schedule (we’re looking at you 9-5ers).
Becoming a Van Fan
Call dibs to form a new vanpool with the help of our vantastic partners, Commute with Enterprise and CalVans to receive monthly subsidies! Personal vanpools can also register with dibs. However, personal vans are not eligible for subsidies.
Scroll down for more info on Vanpool subsidies.
Merced County Vanpool Subsidy
Subsidy funding is provided by the appropriate counties. If you’re commuting to or from Merced County, dibs will pay $400 per month per van. There are some guidelines and requirements you need to follow in order to get that dough.
San Joaquin County NTD Reporting Subsidy
The San Joaquin County subsidy is required to report vanpool trips to the National Transit Database (NTD). If you’re commuting to or from San Joaquin County, dibs will pay $400 per month per van for vans that satisfy and comply with subsidy terms, conditions, and requirements for the term of the leased van. That’s $4,800 per year!
Air District Subsidy
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District offers some awesome incentives for vanpoolers. SJVAPCD is offering a vanpool incentive of $360 per commuter per year for vanpool passengers who qualify.
Employers may provide up to $300 per month to commuting employees for transit, parking or vanpool fees. As an employer, you receive business income tax deductions. As an employee, you receive the benefit pre-taxed reducing taxable income. Win, win.
Emergency Ride Home
Life happens. Sick kids, family emergency, last-minute overtime, a flat vanpool tire, anything can happen, but you need to get home. As a vanpool rider, you may qualify for Emergency Ride Home, a free service where dibs picks up the tab for your taxi, Uber or Lyft home.
That’s up to you and your van crew. Some vans have one primary driver. Other vans split the driving. It depends on what works best for your vanpool (and who the best drivers are 😉).
That depends on the size and model of your van, how many people are in your pool, how long your commute is and more. Our partners can help provide a cost estimate.
Nope! A standard Class C license is all you need for a typical van. If you’d like to get fancy and get a larger van, drivers will need to complete a DMV Class B driver’s medical examination. We’ll reimburse each new driver for the out-of-pocket cost of that exam with proper documentation, so save your paperwork!
Use our handy dandy dibs Trip Planner. Tell us your start and end locations and we’ll show you existing vans that might fit your schedule. You can also give us an old school call on the telephone (1-800-52-SHARE), and we’ll assist you in finding a vanpool or starting your own.
If you have an emergency and you cannot connect with your vanpool. Be sure to use the Emergency Ride Home option at dibs.