COMMUTE CONNECTION TEAM
Senior Program Specialist
Associate Program Specialist
Assistant Program Specialist
- RELAX AND LET SOMEONE ELSE DRIVE
- REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
- IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
- SAVE MONEY
- REDUCE WEAR AND TEAR ON YOUR CAR
- POSSIBLE DISCOUNT ON AUTO INSURANCE
- CATCH UP ON SLEEP, WORK OR READ THE MORNING PAPER
- MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND MEET NEW AND INTERESTING PEOPLE
carpool is made up of two or more people
sharing the ride to work. Carpools can be as flexible as you need
them to be. Share the ride every day, or once a week. It is up to
you. But remember, the more you share, the more you save!
Carpooling vs. Driving Alone:
According to the American Automobile Association's
Edition of Your Driving Costs, the
average cost of owning and operating a
sedan in 2015 has gone down to
mile based on 15,000 miles of driving per year.
Carpooling vs. Driving Alone in a
(yearly expense based on 22.5
working days per month)
||Cost to drive alone
||Cost if 2 people carpool
||Cost if 3 people carpool
A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people who commute to and from
work together in a van. Vanpools work best for those who live at
least 20 miles away from their workplace and have a consistent work
schedule. Form a new vanpool today through
Enterprise, vRide or CalVans and receive $200 a month for a
year! Click HERE for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vanpooling:
- Who owns the van?
Vans can be privately owned or leased through
or another authorized dealer.
- Who drives the van?
This is decided by the members of the vanpool. Some vans have one
primary driver who drives everyday or shares the driving with
back-up drivers. Other vans split the driving between the
members. It just depends on what works best for your vanpool.
- How much does it cost?
The cost varies depending on the size and year of the van, passenger occupancy,
daily round trip miles and more. The average cost is between
$90 and $160 per person per month,
not including fuel and parking costs.
- Do you need a special driver’s license to drive the
No. All you need is a standard Class C license. Drivers for
larger vans need to complete a DMV Class B driver’s medical examination. Commute Connection will reimburse each new driver
for the out of pocket cost of their medical examination with proper
- Can the van be used for personal use?
Yes, limited personal mileage is available. Check with
for additional details.
- How do I get started?
Let Commute Connection know that you are interesting in
participating in a vanpool by calling 1-800-52-SHARE. We will
send you information on existing vanpools or help you to start
Commute Connection is a Regional Rideshare
Agency and a program of the
Council of Governments (SJCOG)
Connection Serves the Following Counties:
COUNTY with SJCOG
STANISLAUS COUNTY with StanCOG
MERCED COUNTY with MCAG