SunLine Transit Agency Launches New SolVan Vanpool Program

Oct 4, 2017

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SunLine Transit Agency
32-505 Harry Oliver Trail Thousand Palms, CA 92276
United States
33° 48' 52.11" N, 116° 23' 41.4276" W
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Vanpools to Provide Subsidized Commute Option for East Valley Workers & Beyond

(September 28, 2017) SunLine Transit Agency will officially launch the SolVan vanpool program at an event next Wednesday, October 4, 10:00 a.m., at SunLine Transit Agency’s headquarters; 32-505 Harry Oliver Trail in Thousand Palms. Scheduled speakers include Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia; Supervisor V. Manuel Perez; Cathedral City Mayor Pro-tem, Greg Pettis; and the Mayor of Coachella, Steven Hernandez; as well as a representative from Lideres Campesinas and the Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability – two local advocacy groups that were instrumental in the establishment of SolVan.
 
A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 commuters who share a ride. Drivers are selected out of the group, and can use this vehicle for their own personal use for a limited number of miles. The commuters share the cost of the service, or their employer may subsidize all or part of the cost.
 
SunLine Transit Agency has funded and developed the SolVan vanpool program – subsidizing each qualified vanpool up to $400 per month. The typical commuter could save as much as 70% in commute costs when switching from driving alone to vanpooling. Workers in the Coachella Valley’s immense agricultural industry are a primary market to be served, as well as traditional worksites.
 
“SolVan is just one example of the many ways we are re-thinking transit at SunLine Transit Agency,” said Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency. “This program supports SunLine’s goal of providing cost-effective transportation which also improves air quality by getting more vehicles off Southern California roads by encouraging commuters to share the ride.”
 
WSP, a globally-recognized professional services firm, has been contracted to implement and manage SolVan, which will include advanced reporting mechanisms to track progress and participation. The $400-per-month SolVan subsidy will be provided to vanpools that meet the following criteria:
  • Each route starts, ends or travels through the Coachella Valley/Blythe areas
  • The commute is to work and/or school
  • There’s a 25-mile minimum round-trip
  • Enterprise Rideshare or CalVans-leased vans are used
  • 70% of seats are occupied
  • The route and empty seats must be advertised on SolVan.org
 
The October 4th SolVan launch event is open to those interested in learning more about the program. For more information, go to SolVan.org or contact Christopher Park at (877) 4-SOLVAN or solvan@sunline.org.
 
 
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