BTMO Vanpool Program
What is Vanpool
Did you know that just one commuter vanpool can eliminate up to 14 cars from the road? Vanpooling benefits commuters as well as the community. To help encourage and sustain vanpooling, the Burbank Transportation Management Organization (BTMO) offers two demonstration vanpool programs that support commuters:
1) New Vanpool Group Start-Up Incentive Program:
Available through the BTMO, the New Vanpool Group Start-Up Incentive Program is meant to encourage long-term vanpooling by providing new van groups with a start-up discount of $200 per month off their van lease. To qualify for the program, vanpool groups fill out an application supplied by the BTMO. If approved for the New Vanpool Group Start-Up Incentive Program, the vanpool group receives a monthly subsidy for the first six (6) months of operations. Click here to learn how to qualify and a copy of for the New Vanpool Group Application.
2) New Vanpool Rider Subsidy Program:
Available through the BTMO, the New Vanpool Rider Subsidy Program is meant to encourage commuters to give vanpooling a try with savings of up to $40 per month off their van fare. To qualify for the program, commuter fills out a pre-vanpool application form supplied by the BTMO. If approved for the New Vanpool Rider Subsidy Program, the commuter receives a monthly reduction in their fare for a term of six (6) consecutive months. Click here to learn how to qualify and a copy of the New Vanpool Rider Subsidy Pre-Application.
To get started, you can sign up at ridematch.info that will allow you to search for existing groups to join or start your own vanpool, or you can call the BTMO office at 818.953.7788 and we will search the Metro Rideshare regional database for a customized list of others that live and work near you that may be interested in vanpooling too!
Someone you work with could be a future vanpooler. Ask around. Print out and post the Vanpool Starting sign in a hard to miss place at your worksite. Your Employee Transportation Coordinator or Human Resources Department may also be able to help you find a co-worker looking to share the ride.
Vanpools are similar to carpools. A vanpool allows a group to ride to and from work each day in a comfortable, cost-effective way for groups of five to 15 commuters to share their ride to work. Riding in a van can reduce stress, shorten your commute time by traveling in an HOV lane, and on average, members can save over $6000 annually! One person volunteers to be the primary driver of the van. A monthly fee is assessed that is divided and paid by all of the riders. Ask your employer if they offer a qualified transportation or vanpool benefit. The group decides the driving, routing, operating and gas cost sharing arrangements amongst themselves.
There are also vanpool service providers that can help. Through vRide or Enterprise, the monthly fee includes the vehicle, insurance and maintenance to keep the van running in top shape:
If you have an unexpected emergency, the regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program, sponsored by Metro Rideshare, can help you get home in case of an emergency.