Mercer and Ocean
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Vanpool - More Means Less

A vanpool consists of 7-15 people who commute to work using a van leased by a third party vendor.

  • 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.


How to Get Started
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?
Example:

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
Vanpooling Incentives
NJ Transit Vanpool Sponsorship Program
To reduce congestion, NJ Transit provides $175 per month to vanpools that lease a van through a third-party vanpool provider and where public transportation is not available.
Vanbuck$
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. Click here to register.
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.
Vanpool Facts
Registered vanpools in Mercer and Ocean Counties 47
Number of vanpoolers 446
Average trip length (round trip miles) 84
CO2 emissions reduced (pounds/year) 6,552,286