Carpooling and Vanpooling

By choosing to carpool or vanpool, you can save big bucks on gas, car maintenance, and time while also helping out the environment.

What is a carpool?

A carpool is a group of at least two or more commuters who share a ride to and from work using their personal vehicles.

How to find a carpool

The Neponset Valley TMA has two exciting tools to help you establish a carpool or help you join an existing carpool!

NuRides is a statewide on-line ride matching and alternative commute tracking system.  It rewards individuals who use commuter alternatives (carpool/ vanpool, bike, walk, telecommute, public transit) by giving them points every time they register their alternative commute.  A registered user can redeem NuRides points for great prizes. Once the online registration is completed, you will receive a confidential list of potential carpool partners who live in your area and also work in your area. Commuters can click on the confidential ridematching profiles to contact a potential carpooler and make arrangements and begin the carpool.
To register for NuRide click here!

eCommuter is a regional ride matching database where you can instantly view potential carpool partners and enroll into the Emergency Ride Home Program. Once the online registration is completed, you will instantly receive a confidential list of potential carpool partners who live in your area and also work in your area. Commuters can contact potential carpoolers and make arrangements and begin the carpool. To register for eCommuter click here!

What is a vanpool?

Save up to $600 per month on your commute!

A vanpool is a group of 7 to 15 people who share a commute to and from work in a van.

How does vanpooling work?

Vanpools can be started by a group of interested commuters who live and work near each other and share a similar schedule. Vanpools are operated by private vendors who are responsible for purchasing the vans, providing insurance and maintenance, and managing the contract with the commuters.

Vanpool Tax Benefits

Employers can start vanpools on behalf of their employees.  Employers can provide employees with a pre-tax commuting benefit or subsidies through a tax-free option. See Internal Revenue Code 132(f) for more details.

Vanpool Rider’s Responsibilities and Rewards

Vanpool Participants are responsible for:

  1. paying established fares (usually based on distance to work and number of riders)
  2. arriving at pre-arranged pick-up sites on time
  3. giving a 30-day notice if leaving the vanpool

Vanpool Participants are rewarded by:

  1. being able to read, sleep, relax or socialize with friends during the daily commute
  2. reducing wear and tear on personal automobiles
  3. a possible reductions in personal auto insurance premiums
  4. state subsidy for new vanpool participants

Volunteer Vanpool Drivers are responsible for:

  1. picking up and dropping off passengers at designated site(s)
  2. collecting monthly payments from passengers to cover monthly expenses
  3. filling the gas tank and keeping track of fuel expenses
  4. arranging maintenance through the vanpool vendor

Volunteer Vanpool Drivers are rewarded by:

  1. participating for free or at a discounted rate
  2. having access to the vehicle during lunchtime
  3. receiving additional benefits from some vendors

The Neponset Valley TMA is managed by TransAction Associates, Inc.
TransAction Associates, Inc.

Mailing Address: Neponset Valley TMA c/o TransAction Associates | 5 Wheeling Ave., Unit B | Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: (781) 404-5023  |  Fax: (781) 895-1122

Email: director@neponsetvalleytma.org

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