It’s hot. Maybe it’s time to take a dip in a vanpool?

vanpool cloud

Click on the nifty word cloud to see all available seats, get on a waiting list, and more.

So it’s not a secret. I love the bus. I tell everyone about it, from the waiting ad rep at the front desk when I sat in for the receptionist a few weeks ago, to the young couple from Connecticut that I showed my house to yesterday. I have a lot to say about transit in the Triangle, the Emergency Ride Home program, GoLive, the free app from Transloc,  the trip planner, Google transit…. you get my drift. I know I’m lucky that I can ride to work with my husband and take (for free!) Triangle Transit’s 700 to my office. My entire commute, including the carpool to the bus stop, takes less than 30 minutes. Many folks, though, aren’t that fortunate.

It’s not unusual for someone to live in Guilford, Alamance, or Johnston County and commute to Raleigh or Durham. Even a commute that takes place within the Triangle can be a haul, and if you don’t live near a transit hub, a cross-regional bus trip can be cumbersome or downright impossible. Fortunately, there’s another way to go– a vanpool.

A vanpool is like a carpool, but bigger! Plus, the maintenance, insurance, and van itself  is taken care of by the very same organization that keeps those big green buses rolling throughout the Triangle, Triangle Transit. These vans can go anywhere, as long as there are enough people to keep it rolling and it starts or ends in Wake, Durham, or Orange County. Triangle Transit offers 12- and 7-passenger vans; the larger van requires at least 9 people to sign up and the smaller vehicle requires 5. The fare for taking the van is calculated on a monthly basis, using round trip mileage to determine how much each passenger owes. In a 12-passenger pool, the driver rides for free. Vanpool fare estimate tables can be found here. There’s the potential to save a lot of money and passengers can actually use their commute to nap, read, knit, meditate, etc. Pretty sweet deal, right?

Be sure to check out http://triangletransit.org/vanpool/ to view all the vanpools that are forming or need new riders. If you see one that’ s full, you can get on a waiting list. Before you go, though, here are a few that have empty seats. If one is right for you, contact Vanessa Battle, Vanpool Manager, at  vanpool@triangletransit.org or (919) 485-7462.

Angier to Raleigh
Departs:  Food Lion, Highway 55
Arrives:  NC State University and the SECU on Hillsborough St. and Morgan St.
Work Hours:  8:00am to 5:00pm

Princeton/Smithfield to Raleigh
Departs:  (Princeton) Barden St. at Highway 70
Departs:  (Smithfield) Highway 70, NCDOT Maintenance Yard
Arrives:  Dorothea Dix, Revenue Building, Education Building, Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Treasurer, and NCDOT
Work Hours:  8:00am to 5:00pm

Oxford to Durham
Departs:  I-85 at Exit 204
Arrives:  Duke University Medical Center and VA Medical Center
Work Hours:  8:00am to 4:30pm

Raleigh to Clayton
Departs:  CVS Pharmacy, Forestville Road Shopping Center
Arrives:  Grifols Biotherapeutics on Highway 70 Business
Work Hours:  8:00am to 5:00pm

Roxboro to Durham
Departs:  Somerset Baptist Church
Arrives:  BlueCross BlueShield CSC
Work Hours:  8:00am to 5:00pm

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