Carpool VS Vanpool: Which Works for You?

Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation

Ridesharing is a term you’ve probably heard often these days, but what is it? We're here to break it down for you! Rideshare or Commute ‘Pools’ is a term used to describe a shared commute arrangement, such as a carpool or vanpool, which can result in cost and environmental savings. This handy chart outlines difference between carpools and vanpools and explains the benefits of each.


  • Share your personal vehicle with at least 1 other commuter

  • 50% off on parking permit for registered carpoolers

  • Both carpoolers keep their assigned parking locations

  • Rent an Enterprise van with at least 4 other commuters

  • Free parking at preferred locations

  • 50% off on monthly fees for the first 6 months

  • One free bundle pack of 10 daily parking permits for each vanpooler

  • Fully covered car maintenance and insurance within monthly fees

  • Eligible for pre-tax deduction benefits

  • Save time and effort spent driving

  • Split the commute costs with fellow poolers

  • Reduce gas and personal vehicle maintenance expenses

  • Free registration in Guaranteed Ride Home program

  • Use the HOV lanes

  • Reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions

  • Make friends and spend time socializing


If you're interested in trying ridesharing, RSVP for one of our ridesharing "pool" parties this semester! Our first event is January 17 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. This event is for faculty and staff only, but we'll be hosting a student party later in the semester.