University vanpools are changing the way faculty, staff, visitors, and students access campus facilities.
Vanpools are gaining traction as an efficient, low-cost university transportation alternative. Operated by both public and private agencies, vanpool programs group a small number of commuters together, picking them up from a designated place at a specific time. The commuters are then taken to their destination, helping participants save money on travel costs while reducing traffic congestion. Most vanpools are made up of groups of eight to fifteen people, though these numbers can be adjusted either way depending on demand and the number of vehicles in the operator’s fleet.
While most university vanpools are designed to meet the needs of faculty and staff commuting from outlying areas, they can also be configured to serve students and visitors. Fares are affordable, and are set at levels that make using the vanpool more cost-effective than driving. This, in turn, increases participation rates, helping university administrators realize the many community benefits that university vanpools offer.
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Beyond offering significant cost savings to individual passengers, university vanpools have many other advantages that have a positive effect, both campus-wide and across the broader community as a whole:
- They help reduce on-campus vehicular traffic, thereby increasing pedestrian safety
- They provide a safe, accessible alternative to single-passenger vehicles
- They ease traffic congestion and the pollution associated with it
- They strengthen interpersonal and social ties among passengers and community members
- They help solve challenges related to parking demand by cutting down on the number of vehicles remaining on campus
University vanpools can benefit schools that fit one or more of the following profile criteria:
- A large student body with a significant percentage of students and/or staff commuting to campus, rather than living on-campus or in the immediate vicinity
- Consistently high levels of demand for limited on-campus parking spaces
- Gridlock and associated problems recurring during peak traffic periods
- Location in a large urban area that is underserved by public transportation
Participation in vanpooling programs can also help universities qualify for incentives offered to organizations that take proactive steps to help combat traffic congestion. Best of all, vanpools are easy to create and manage with the powerful digital tools delivered by RideAmigos’ revolutionary transportation demand management platform.
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