Are vanpools right for you? If you travel about 15 miles or more each way to work and have a schedule that’s relatively consistent, you’re a good prospect! Vanpools consist of 7 to 15 passengers and are operated by the van riders. The vehicle is leased from a state approved van provider for a fee which also includes insurance and maintenance. Hudson TMA can assist the commuter with the process of leasing a van so they can operate their own vanpool. Financial subsidies are available, see below. Available seats on existing van pools are noted on the Hudson TMA website or are found through the Ride Share program.
Vanpool operators can receive subsidy from NJ Transit in the amount of $175.00 or $325 per month if they utilize the HOV lanes. The money is sent directly to the vanpool provider to reduce the monthly cost of the lease. To qualify, the work destination must be in New Jersey or at a transit hub which the riders would utilize to continue the commute to work. Hudson TMA will assist in the application.
To assist in jump starting your new vanpool, the Hudson TMA will subsidize part of the cost of the van lease by $100 per month for three months.
Hudson TMA may offer assistance to new vanpool operators or current operators who have lost a passenger and have difficulty bearing the financial burden. The criteria for the subsidy are as follows:
All vanpool riders, both driver and passengers, are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program.