TAVARES – Lake County has partnered with reThink, a Central Florida commuter-assistance program, to offer residents an alternative to using their personal vehicles to travel to and from work by way of a vanpool program.
A vanpool consists of a group of people who commute to work together on a regular basis in a vehicle leased by a local vanpool provider. Vanpool vehicle providers in Lake County include Enterprise and vRide, both of which have local offices. Each provider’s monthly lease fees cover use of the van for the month, as well as all maintenance, insurance and roadside assistance.
“Vanpooling to work can help commuters save money and reduce wear-and-tear on their personal vehicles,” said Dottie Keedy, director of the Lake County Community Services Department. “Residents now can receive better deals on monthly leasing fees, thanks to the launch of the vanpool program earlier this year.”
Statistical data reveals that commuters who benefit the most from vanpooling have at least a 30-minute or 20-mile, one-way drive to work. When compared to the cost of driving alone, vanpoolers save an average of $5,000 per year. Other community benefits of vanpooling include reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality and the conservation of nonrenewable resources.
Enterprise and vRide currently offer incentives to participants. Enterprise will offer $100 to the first vanpool group to use the Minneola Park & Ride lot for 30 days. vRide offers a $100 credit when a referral leads to a new vanpool group, as well as an additional $100 to the referrer when the new group remains in service for three months.
For more information about the Lake County vanpool program, contact Michelle Agatstein at 407-482-7856 or Michelle@reThinkYourCommute.com. To learn more about reThink, visit reThinkYourCommute.com or call 1-866-610-RIDE (7433).