Vanpool - More Means Less
A vanpool consists of 7-15 people who commute to work using a van leased by a third party vendor.
How to Get Started
- The vanpool company provides the maintenance and insurance.
- The lease on the van is month to month, so you only have a 30 day commitment.
- Participants decide the driving, operating and cost sharing arrangements.
- Vanpooling offers significant cost savings.
- Greater Mercer TMA can help you start a vanpool and lease a vehicle from a vanpool provider.
We can help you find an existing vanpool or start one of your own. Register here
or call 609- 452-1491 x224 for more information. Check out our classifieds
to see if there are any existing vanpools that work for you.
View our Vanpool Brochure
How much can I save by vanpooling?
Commute = 80 miles round trip a day
Annual cost to commute = $9310*
If you are part of seven-person vanpool, annual cost to commute = $1643
Your SAVINGS = $7667
Imagine what you could do with the savings...vacation, mortgage payments, tuition expenses...and more.
*$3.75/gallon of gas, AAA 2011 driving costs, use of commuter tax benefit, 230 workdays
NJ Transit Vanpool Sponsorship Program
To reduce congestion, NJ Transit provides $175 per month to vanpools that lease a van through a third-party vanpool provider and where public transportation is not available.
If you lose a rider, the TMA’s empty seat subsidy pays that person’s share of the cost for up to three months while you find another passenger.
Emergency Ride Home Program
Greater Mercer TMA’s Emergency Ride Home program gives registered carpoolers a free lift home if they have to leave early or stay late at work.
Pre Tax Benefits
The IRS allows $130 per month to be deducted from your pre-tax salary to be used to pay for vanpooling expenses. Using pre-tax money to pay for commuting reduces the amount of taxes you pay.
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|CO2 emissions reduced (pounds/year)