Existing Vanpool Universe - by Holly Morello - Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission


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Vanpool Boot Camp: Marching Orders - November 7, 2011 - Part 2

What’s going on in the world of vanpool research? Best practices around the country and MWCOG Vanpool Survey

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  • Anecdotal information from the calls w/counterparts
  • Owner Operated – make up the majority of the vans coming out of Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William. Individuals who personally own the vans they drive and carry six to fourteen additional riders with them on their way to work. Employer Sponsored – Vans owned by a company, used to help employees get to work more easily. Perhaps picking them up at conveniently located commuter lots and metro stations. Third Party – vans that an owner/operator would lease from a third party provider such as VPSI, Enterprise, ABS or YJE.
  • Diana currently has 392 vanpools in Spotsylvania and Prince William County has 130. Our two regions, along with NVTC have been working on a vanpool subsidy initiative, that would allow us to garner 5307 funds for the region, by reporting vanpool data via the National Transit Database, to the Department of Transportation. The contractor we are working with, estimates that the DC region has a minimum of 800 vanpools in operation today. So, I took a slide from one of Diana’s presentations, and was able to basically double her figures, to get an accurate representation for some regional vanpool statistics.
  • This slide breaks things down at the per van level, both 7 and 15 passenger. I’ll just point out the CO2 reductions since that didn’t appear on the previous slide, those being 58 and 136 tons respectively for 7 and 15 passenger vans annually.
  • Large vanpool programs in: LA County (Metropolitan Transit Authority) – 327 Houston MTA – 545 King County Transit – 826 Salt Lake City Utah, Utah Transit Authority – 452 Chicago, Pace – 677 Hartford Connecticut, The Rideshare Company – 302 Majority of these are public/private partnerships. Public Agencies working with private vanpool leasing providers (VPSI/Enterprise) to provide vans and services, and working with third party contractors to manage the programs. In some instances the company providing the vans also manages the program.
  • Frederick, Anne Arundel and Howard Counties are where most of the Maryland vans originate. DC is the largest destination for Virginia and Maryland vans The most popular Virginia destinations are Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria and the most popular Maryland destinations are Montgomery, Prince Georges and St. Mary’s counties
  • Finding and maintaining riders is a constant challenge even in a stable economy. Our current less than stable economy means folks are losing jobs, changing jobs and working more hours, all of which means vanpool ridership is less than stable too. Vanpool riders themselves can be the best recruitment tool. They talk to friends and co-workers, and often times are the ones who help to fill vanpool vacancies. Bulletin boards, the electronic and the old fashioned kind that hang in office lobbies and kitches, as well as in churches and community centers are also helpful, as are all the Rideshare Specialists in this room, who help at a jurisdictional level to find riders to keep vanpools on the road. Slugging has really evolved in the region and although it is largely seen as positive, there is no doubt, that it has effected the number of vanpool rider prospects. Especially in counties such as Spotsylvania and Prince William, where thousands of people slug to and from work every day. The topic of the Transit Benefit is an hour long presentation in itself, and I speak from personal experience, since I sat through two very interesting hour long presentations by Jason Pavluchuk at the recent ACT Conference in Chicago. Diana and I had the opportunity to host several vanpool focus groups over the course of the vanpool subsidy project we’ve been working on, and the vanpool owners told us that the majority of their riders receive the transit benefit which is currently set at $230.00 per month, which in most cases completely covers the cost of their commute. The liklihood of the transit benefit remaining at $230.00 per month seems very uncertain. If Congress does nothing, the transit benefit will revert to $125.00 per month. If Congress takes action, they can either extend the $230.00 a month benefit or eliminate it all together. It is too soon to know what the effects of any of these potential changes would have on vanpooling.
  • The potential for vanpool growth in the region is significant Significant population growth is projected for Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William Counties. I only had access to data close to home, but I know significant population growth is projected for our entire region, due to our proximity to DC and the relatively stable job market we have here. BRAC relocations around our region definitely contributed to the creation of many new vanpools. Al Miller from NGA and Jack Carlile From the FDA have both started well over 20 vanpools respectively. HOT lane expansion to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County should increase the number of vanpools substantially
  • Existing Vanpool Universe - by Holly Morello - Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

    1. 1. Virgina Maryland DC
    2. 2. <ul><li>Owner/Operator – vans owned by individuals who want to have riders share the cost of operating the van </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Sponsored – vans that are owned by an employer, and offered to employees for commuting purposes, as a benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Third Party – vans are contracted by individuals or employers from a vanpool management company </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Save $$$$ - Vanpoolers save an average of $800.00 a year or more compared with the cost of driving alone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus they spend less for gas, parking and vehicle repair/ maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commuter Tax Benefit in many cases covers the entire cost of commuting </li></ul><ul><li>Save Time – Vanpools can use the HOV lanes, which can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get to work </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and Convenient – Vanpools can operate where and when they are needed regardless of the availability of transit service </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Commute Stress – By not driving every day, you arrive at work and back home in a much more relaxed frame of mind </li></ul><ul><li>Improved Quality of Life – Vanpooling shortens your commute, giving you more family or leisure time </li></ul><ul><li>Save the Environment – One vanpool takes as many as 14 vehicles and their emissions off the road every day. That’s good for all of us. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Transport 9,408 persons daily/2,352,000 annually </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce 15,538 work trips daily/3,884,500 annually </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce 932,248 vehicle miles traveled daily </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce 233,062,000 vehicle miles traveled annually </li></ul><ul><li>Saves 46,612 gallons of gasoline daily </li></ul><ul><li>Saves 11,652,000 gallons of gasoline annually </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>7 passenger vanpool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miles eliminated – 143,780 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Savings (gallons) – 5,700 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Savings (dollars) - $20.650 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CO@ Reductions (tons) – 58.20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 passenger vanpool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Miles eliminated – 335,500 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Savings (gallons) – 13,310 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel Savings (dollars) $48,180 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CO2 Reductions (tons) – 136.00* </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Equal to the amount of emissions from 1.6 tanker trucks worth of gasoline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual data </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Significant number of HOV Lanes </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of independent vanpool owner/operators </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of commuters receiving the transit benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Robust slugging activity </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Virginia – largest number of vans originate here </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spotslylvania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stafford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prince William Counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close to 500 vans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maryland </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Frederick </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Arundel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Howard Counties </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>DC – largest destination location for VA and MD vans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VA destinations – Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MD destinations – Montgomery, Prince Georges and St. Mary’s Counties </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Finding and maintaining riders </li></ul><ul><li>Slugging </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction/Elimination of the Federal Transit Benefit </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Growth in the population in the residential areas from which vanpools originate* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spotsylvania – 43.6% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stafford – 37.3% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PWC – 19.3% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Change in employment in the destination areas, especially any shifts in employment sites not readily served by transit (BRAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Rise in gas prices </li></ul><ul><li>Transit Benefits (employer or government sponsored) </li></ul><ul><li>HOT lanes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Population growth projections from 2010 to 2020 compiled from Virginia Employment Commission forecasts, the Caroline County Comprehensive Plan and the MWCOG Round 8 Cooperative Forecasts </li></ul></ul>