Vanpool Feasibility Study
RTS explored the feasibility of a regional Vanpool program that links commuters who live near one another and travel to similar destinations in the Rochester area.
How do Vanpools work?
Vanpools work in a variety of ways but the main features include:
- One vehicle-typically a van or SUV-is operated by a passenger who is designated as the Vanpool Driver
- The Vanpool Program Operator (RTS or a third-party vendor) is responsible for vanpool organization and vehicle maintenance
- Participants-usually five to 12 passengers-decide on who drives and how monthly costs are shared
Vanpooling offers multiple benefits for commuters:
- Reduced cost, free or preferred parking
- Shared transportation costs save money
- Commuter tax credits
- Productive travel time
More about the Vanpool Feasibility Study
As of September 2015, the Rochester Area Vanpool Feasibility Study has included input from over 800 people including employers, employees, and members of the public. The consulting team has determined that a Vanpool program capable of linking long distance commuters from similar origins to similar destinations throughout the Rochester area is feasible.
On September 21, RTS held a public information session on Vanpooling.
View our presentation materials.
Comments stemming from this session will be reviewed and addressed as appropriate in the final Rochester Area Vanpool Feasibility Study final report to be issued in late-2015.
• Incorporate customer feedback into study results
• Determine a recommended vanpool operating model
• Obtain approval from RTS Board of Commissioners
• Consider implementing a vanpool pilot program
Contact RTS Customer Service at Monroe@myRTS.com or 585-288-1700.