Cascades East Transit provides a vanpool option to qualifying commuters in Central Oregon. The service is fully funded by CET with no cost to employees or employers. Even your gas fill ups are included!
Ride in modern vehicles capable of handling the weather provided by Commute with Enterprise. Get help from Commute Options in organizing your vanpool team at work. We make it easy to share your commute!
Whether your commute is across town or across Central Oregon, vanpools can be an option for you!
A vanpool is just like a carpool, but we provide the ride. Your team still does the driving. Schedules fit your commute and options are available if you need to go home early (or late). Teams can be as small as 4 people or up to 13 commuters.
The vehicle, insurance, roadside assistance, and carpool matching is all provided to the vanpool group.
Not sure if your team’s schedules will match up? We can help! The Commute Options team can provide smart scheduling support to make organizing your vanpool group as easy as possible.
So long as your commute either starts or ends inside Central Oregon the entire cost of the vanpool service is paid for by CET. This is made possible thanks to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF).
Each individual in a vanpool group can get two guaranteed rides home through taxi, ride share, or rental car as a Commute with Enterprise vanpool participant.
Leases on a vanpool vehicle are month to month and can be canceled any time with 30 days notice. Individuals can enter or leave a vanpool at any time, so long as the group keeps more than 4 members.
Each vanpool group should have at least two designated drivers who can take turns driving – or be available if another driver is absent.
No, if you need to drive separately every once in a while that’s fine! But if you consistently can’t make it, it might be better to give your spot to someone else who will use it more regularly!
If the vanpool starts OR ends in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties:
The cost of gas is covered in the subsidy provided by Commute Options and CET.
If the vanpool starts and ends in any other county: Gas is charged to a card provided by Commute with Enterprise and is included on the invoice to the employer at the end of the month. The employer can choose to cover that cost, or divide it between the riders.
CET’s vanpool service is open to the public, but there are some general requirements. These focus on the type of commute, the frequency of the commute, and number of regular commuters, rather than the participating organization.
So, short answer: no, this does not have to be connected to an employer.
For example, a vanpool might work for a group of students traveling from Redmond to OSU Cascades in Bend. Or neighbors in La Pine who each work at different stores in the Cascade Village Shopping Center.
Get in touch to see if this might work for you!
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