<ul><li>Riders </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co-workers, neighbors, transportation coordinators, HR department </li></ul></ul>...
<ul><li>Facilitate the formation of new vanpools and maintains the existing fleet. </li></ul><ul><li>Van Start – Start up ...
<ul><li>Van must be registered with PRTC’s Rideshare Program </li></ul><ul><li>The van must have PV plates and a county st...
<ul><li>The van must be registered with the PRTC rideshare database for a minimum of thirty days  </li></ul><ul><li>The va...
<ul><li>TransIT Services’ Vanpool Incentive Program (VIP) is designed to encourage new vanpool formations originating or t...
<ul><li>Eligible vanpools receive financial assistance during the first 12 months of operation up to the following monthly...
<ul><li>The per-seat subsidy is determined by dividing eligible expenses (lease + gas) by available seats (minus the drive...
<ul><li>Commuters meeting the following criteria may participate:  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of vehicle ...
<ul><li>Verification of good driving records for the principle driver and any and all alternate drivers;  </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>TransIT Services assists with filling empty seats by  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>maintaining a list of vanpools with op...
<ul><li>Vanpooling Made Easy -  http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/studies/files/VanpoolingMadeEasyFINAL.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>P...
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Vanpool Formation in MD & VA - Formulation: Part 1 - by Holly Morello (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) & Dotty Dalphon (TransIT Services of Frederick County)

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  • Based on conversations that I have had with my counterparts in other regions, I have discovered that we do many of the same things, but we also do things differently. For instance, in Maryland, there seems to be a bigger focus on Employer Sponsored vanpool programs than there is in Virginia. I talk with van owners throughout the start up process, but most often after they have purchased a van, bought insurance and have some riders I get them set up in the Commuter Connections Database, provide them with Matchlists of potential riders, and help with Van Start Funding if needed. Prior to that, they have talked with co-workers and neighbors and have a group of riders interested in forming a vanpool. Vans can be leased from VPSI, Enterprise, Local Providers, or outright purchased. Insurance is going to be covered in detail in a later session, by the resident vanpool insurance expert, so I won’t do more than highlight Advantage and Lancer as two of the more well known vanpool insurance providers. Regional incentive programs such as Van Start, Van Save and VIP are what Dottie and I will be telling you more about, and registering with your local ridesharing agency, assists with promoting your vanpool, and helps to keep vans full of riders.
  • Vanpool Program - Facilitates the formation of new vanpools and maintains the existing fleet (392 vanpools for GWRC and 130 for PRTC) Van Start – Start up financial assistance for qualifying new vanpools in the region funded through CMAQ. GWRC has had 3 vans and PRTC has had one van use this start up funding so far this fiscal year. 2 vans to Quantico, 1 to NOVA and one to Arlington. Van Save – Provides financial assistance for vanpools in danger of ceasing operation. 17 vans have been saved this year by GWRC and 2 vans have been saved by PRTC.
  • To go into more detail on the Van Start Program Maximum Seat Assistance Per Month 15 – Month One (4), Month Two (3), Month Three (2), Month Four (1) - Month One (3), Month Two (2), Month Three (1) Month Four (0) 9 – Month One (2), Month Two (2), Month Three (1), Month Four (0) 7 – Month One (2), Month Two (1), Month Three (1), Month Four (0)
  • Similar to the Van Start program, but in this instance, we are providing monetary assistance to vans that have been in operation for at least six months and are experiencing a sudden loss of ridership that could result in the van not being able to remain operational.
  • Transit can help with the high cost of getting to work!
  • Vanpool Formation in MD & VA - Formulation: Part 1 - by Holly Morello (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) & Dotty Dalphon (TransIT Services of Frederick County)

    1. 2. <ul><li>Riders </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co-workers, neighbors, transportation coordinators, HR department </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Vans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VPSI, Enterprise, Local Providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantage, Lancer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regional Incentive Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Van Start, Van Save, Vanpool Incentive Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Register with local ridesharing agency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist with vanpool promotion and help to keep vans full </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Facilitate the formation of new vanpools and maintains the existing fleet. </li></ul><ul><li>Van Start – Start up financial assistance for qualifying new vanpools in the region funded through CMAQ. </li></ul><ul><li>Van Save – Provides financial assistance for vanpools in danger of ceasing operation. </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>Van must be registered with PRTC’s Rideshare Program </li></ul><ul><li>The van must have PV plates and a county sticker </li></ul><ul><li>Vanpool must be in the first three months of operation </li></ul><ul><li>50% occupancy of van must be demonstrated by providing PRTC with a list of riders including contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Van pool owner must demonstrate active recruitment for new passengers </li></ul><ul><li>PRTC supplies Matchlists to help with recruitment efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Payment is dependent on the size of the van, and decreases by one seat every month, not to exceed 4 months </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Seat Assistance Per Month </li></ul><ul><li>15 – Month One (4), Month Two (3), Month Three (2), Month Four (1) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12- Month One (3), Month Two (2), Month Three (1) Month Four (0) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 – Month One (2), Month Two (2), Month Three (1), Month Four (0) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 – Month One (2), Month Two (1), Month Three (1), Month Four (0) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>The van must be registered with the PRTC rideshare database for a minimum of thirty days </li></ul><ul><li>The van must have PV plates and a county sticker </li></ul><ul><li>The van must have been operating for a minimum of six months and many not have received any state assistance funds for twelve months </li></ul><ul><li>The van must have lost at least 25% of its paid passengers for more than thirty days </li></ul><ul><li>Van pool owner must demonstrate active recruitment for new passengers </li></ul><ul><li>The subsidy is available only once every twelve months </li></ul><ul><li>Payment is dependent on the size of the van, and decreases by one seat every month, not to exceed 4 months </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>TransIT Services’ Vanpool Incentive Program (VIP) is designed to encourage new vanpool formations originating or terminating in Frederick County, MD, by temporarily funding a limited number of unoccupied seats during the start-up phase. As the vanpool reaches peak ridership, subsidy is reduced. </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Eligible vanpools receive financial assistance during the first 12 months of operation up to the following monthly amounts: </li></ul><ul><li>  Passengers Months 1 – 6 Months 7 - 12 </li></ul><ul><li> 15 $ 500 $300 </li></ul><ul><li> 8 $300 $175 </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>The per-seat subsidy is determined by dividing eligible expenses (lease + gas) by available seats (minus the driver). </li></ul><ul><li>Example: 15-passenger van with expenses of $1,372 would receive a subsidy of $98 for each unused seat. $1,372 divided by 14= $98 for each unused seat. If the van has 5 empty seats, subsidy received = $490/month. </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Commuters meeting the following criteria may participate: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Proof of vehicle purchase or leasing agreement contract with a van rental company; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle registration information through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Verification that fewer than 50% of vanpool participants (including driver) have been members of a vanpool receiving financial subsidies during the past 12 months; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Verification that the registering vanpool was non-existent prior to applying for VIP assistance; </li></ul>
    9. 10. <ul><li>Verification of good driving records for the principle driver and any and all alternate drivers; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Non-leasing operators must provide proof of insurance, including coverage for bodily injury and property damage, uninsured motorists, collision, and comprehensive; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Non-leasing operators must provide proof of vehicle safety inspection; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Vanpool must be operated on a not-for-profit basis; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Owner/operator must demonstrate continuous aggressive new passenger recruitment efforts. </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>TransIT Services assists with filling empty seats by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>maintaining a list of vanpools with openings on website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promoting openings in quarterly commuter newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communicating with local employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promoting Rideshare Assistance - 301-600-RIDE </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Vanpooling Made Easy - http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/studies/files/VanpoolingMadeEasyFINAL.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>PRTC – http://www.prtctransit.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>VIP – www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/transit </li></ul><ul><li>GWRideConnect - http://www.gwrideconnect.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Commuter Connections - http://www.mwcog.org/commuter2/commuter/ridesharing/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>The Ridesharing Vanpool by Milton Laughland, Jr - http://laughland.blogs.com/laughland_family/VanPool02.htm l </li></ul>

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