A vanpool consists of 7-15 individuals sharing a ride for the majority of the trip. The vehicle may be owned by a commuter or leased from a vanpool provider. Most vanpools travel long distances of over 30, 50 and even 100 miles each way.
Vanpoolers save money and reduce wear and tear on their vehicles and their nerves. Some carpoolers reduce their commute time by as much as 20 minutes each way by using carpool lanes on congested corridors.
511.org offers free vanpool ridematching services for Bay Area Commuters. Also, check with your employer to see if they offer in-house vanpool ridematching, vanpool subsidies or preferential vanpool parking.