Vanpools can be a convenient, reliable and cost-effective choice for people who live 15 or more miles from work and maintain a consistent schedule. In a vanpool, members share the expense of a leased commuter van, minivan or SUV.
Local and national vanpool companies work with interested commuters to arrange vehicle leases and insurance, coordinate billing, screen drivers and oversee procedures for servicing vehicles. Most providers offer month-to-month leases. Loudoun County does not own, lease or operate vanpool vehicles but helps commuters form and join vanpools.
The benefits of vanpooling include:
- Members have a reserved seat on a customized route.
- Groups are eligible for financial support in exchange for providing monthly ridership reports.
- A vanpool can begin with as few as four commuters.
Programs and Incentives
Loudoun County residents and employees may register for the following programs and incentives. Select the tabs below to read more.
These programs and incentives are provided in partnership with Commuter Connections, a regional network of transportation organizations. For more information, including how to sign-up, visit Commuting Programs and Incentives.
- Ridematching enables commuters to find other individuals who share similar commuting routes and work hours to join or form a carpool or vanpool.
- Guaranteed Ride Home supports commuters who use alternative transportation at least twice a week. Anyone who carpools, vanpools, uses public transportation, bikes or walks to work is eligible for up to six free rides home per year when emergencies, such as personal illness, a sick child or unscheduled overtime, arise.
- IncenTrip is a mobile app offering eco-points for fuel-efficient driving, transit trips, vanpool trips, bicycle trips and other environmentally-friendly travel. Eco-points may be traded in for gift cards and other prizes.
- Flextime Rewards provides incentive payments to those who delay traveling during peak congestion periods in designated corridors in the region. Participants receive real-time notifications and are rewarded up to $8 per trip for delaying their departure.
- Vanpool Alliance supports vanpools by providing marketing, help maintaining ridership and $300 per month in exchange for regular, information updates. Vanpools traveling to or from Loudoun County with seven to 15 passengers are eligible. Visit Vanpool Alliance for details.
- VanStart and VanSave are assistance programs funded by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VRPT). Van Start helps pay for empty seats during a new vanpool’s start-up period. Van Save covers the cost of empty seats should an existing vanpool lose riders. To inquire about VanStart or VanSave, email Loudoun County Transit and Commuter Services.
- Find out how vanpools are arranged, how much it costs and more by visiting our Vanpools FAQ.
- Commuter vehicles are available for lease from several area providers. Visit Vanpool Providers for details.
For personalized trip planning or help with other transportation questions, please call 703-771-5665 or email us.