Why vRide? Overview

Save Money

Auto ownership is one of the largest costs of living. Fuel. Insurance. Maintenance. The average commuter spends over $200 each month just to get to and from work. Choose vRide and watch the savings add up. The longer your commute, the more you save. More

vRide Safety Pledge

Dedicated to the well being of our vanpool drivers and riders each and every day, vRide strives to be our industry's foremost champion of safety. We pledge to help our community of drivers and riders arrive at work and home again, safely and securely, everyday.

Our Commuter Vans

Commuters rate our vans with top comfort scores and continuing satisfaction. vRide customizes 3 types of vans to provide you with the most comfortable commute around. Socialize, nap, work – it’s up to you. vRide is the safest mode of public transportation available.

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Reduce the Need for Parking

Every vRide van can reduce the need for employee parking by up to 14 spaces. Parking and parking-related complaints are one of the number one reasons employees switch to ridesharing with vRide.

Rider Comparison Chart

vRide can do so much for you from saving you money, saving the enviroment and reducing your ride time. See our comparison chart to see the numbers.

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Automated Ride Matching

We help you find the right ride that works with your schedule. We do the work so that you don’t have to: managing schedules, vetting drivers, and scheduling maintenance. What if finding a ride was as easy as a few clicks? It really is that easy.

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Sustainability

A vRide vanpool is your green machine. Each van can take up to 14 cars off the road—meaning less traffic and less pollution. For companies, this is a great opportunity to bolster your corporate responsibility and sustainability plans.

Gain Time

Instead of fighting traffic, sit back, relax, and spend your commute appreciating your best career decision yet. vRide vans are eligible for HOV lanes to further reduce your commute time.

Federal Tax Incentives and Grant Assistance

Employee vanpools are often eligible for federal funding and subsidies. Vanpooling, by defnition saves money. Tax breaks, deductions, and incentive programs are monthly and yearly financial bonuses that rapidly add up.

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Benefit to Employees

vRide helps improve employee morale, expands the available labor market, and improves employee retention – all while cutting down on tardiness and absenteeism.

Case Studies

See what we were able to do for these clients:

Aerospace
Beginning in January of 2005 I teamed-up with 13 other American National Insurance Company employees to start yet another vanpool from the mainland to Galveston, Texas. There are currently six vanpools carrying ANICO employees to the island five days a week, and one commuting from the island to our South Shore Harbour facility on the mainland. Vanpools can offer employees an alternative; which, before you know it, becomes a routine. It’s a simple routine – arrive on time, leave on time and arrive back home on time. Less stress with more of your paycheck left in your pocket at the end of the month. I’ve worked for American National for over 12 years and commute from the west side of League City to Galveston Island, which is about a 60-mile round-trip. I’ve always driven a larger truck or sport utility vehicle, so I was used to paying more for gas. Before I started vanpooling, I spent an average of $250 to $400 for gas per month on just my commute to-and-from work alone. I’ve been through at least six sets of tires, not to mention multiple brake jobs, front-end component replacements, two or three windshields, constant maintenance and other daily-driver wear and tear. As a former member of another vanpool and as the primary driver of this one, I average only spending $45 to $65 per month for my commute; and that’s with the roller coaster costs of fuel over the past couple of summers. As for the maintenance of our van, it’s covered under our lease! So what about the routine? The routine is to arrive at a designated location with enough time to board the van prior to the morning departure time, and then leave your office with enough time to board the van prior to the afternoon departure time. It is not a hard routine to follow. I used to be a Type A, get-out of-my-way guy until I got into the routine. Whether it’s due to the vanpool routine (or age), I’ve been more relaxed and more time-efficient over the past year-and-a-half. Routine aside, our van strives to operate a little differently, or should I say … we drive to a different beat. Even though we consist of insurance professionals who work in a very conservative business environment, I’ve named our group the Vanimals. We keep it real and at the same time, we keep it fun. We are somewhat flexible with our departure time because every once in a while, life throws you a curve. As the primary driver, I’ve found that it’s fun to mix things up a bit, so the drive doesn’t get stale. We take alternate routes through Galveston for change of scenery, listen to a variety of music or most of the time just talk with each other. We do have quite a cast of characters sharing our commute, which makes for some pretty interesting conversation. Special thanks to METRO and VPSI for making it possible for us to have a convenient and trouble-free commute. They have always been there for us, and have really helped make our “routine” as simple as possible. I just wish that I would have jumped on the vanwagon much sooner!
Angelo D. Landrum