Vanpool

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Vanpool

Vanpool

Like to commute smarter?  You can in a CATS Vanpool!

Vanpools are a flexible, comfortable, cost-effective way for groups of 5 to 15 commuters to share their ride to work. A Vanpool consists of a group of people who live and work near each other and share similar commuting schedules. Each service tailors its schedule around the group's needs, with all members deciding on the pick-up and drop-off locations and times.   Riding in a vanpool saves you money, reduces the stress of dealing with stop and go traffic and helps the environment.   CATS Vanpool program provides modern vans, gas cards, insurance and maintenance.  

To get started check out CATS existing list of vanpools to determine vanpool operates near where you live and work. You can search for existing groups to join or start your own vanpool.   CATS has two types of vanpool vehicles; a 7 passenger minivan and a 15 passenger van.

15 Passenger Vanpools:
This vanpool consists of nine to 15 passengers with one rider agreeing to be the driver and at least one other rider agreeing to be the backup driver.

Minivan Vanpools:
The minivan service consists of four to seven passengers with one rider agreeing to be the driver and at least one other rider agreeing to be the backup driver, but they can be started with three to four passengers.

Vanpool Telematics System
 
Lynx Telematics is a new technology added to CATS’ entire vanpool fleet. These devices provide new monitoring and tracking capabilities for our vehicles. CATS’ #1 priority is the safety and well-being of our customers. This system provides valuable information about the vanpool commutes, allowing CATS to identify potential fuel savings, unsafe driver behavior, and opportunities to be more environmentally friendly.
 
Goals of the Telematics System:​
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Safety compliance
  • Decreased fuel consumption
  • Lowered insurance costs and claims expenses
  • Opportunities for drivers to increase efficiency with increased awareness of driving habits
 
What does it monitor?
  • Speeding
  • Vehicle Idling
  • Seat Belt Use
  • Harsh Braking
  • Hard Acceleration
  • Hard Turning

How To Join A Current Vanpool
It's as easy as looking at our Vanpool List and seeing if a current vanpool is near your home and work. You then can contact the driver listed to verify if there are any vacant seats, the fare and the operating times.

What If There Are No Vacant Seats?

You can ask the vanpool driver to place you on their waiting list. Another option is to contact a vanpool coordinator who can help you develop a new vanpool. To have a vanpool coordinator contact you, e-mail us at vanpools@charlottenc.gov.

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