If you're an IU Bloomington employee who lives outside Monroe County, consider participating in a vanpool commute option. Vanpools with 5–15 members will receive a van or SUV for a shared monthly fee. IU Bloomington provides a free Vanpool Permit in an assigned space in most any lot or garage of your choice and special-use permits for all members.
Why should I join a vanpool?
A vanpool can be a convenient, cost saving, and economically friendly option for IU employees who live outside Monroe County and would like to commute with others who work at IU Bloomington.
Participants in the vanpool program enjoy the following benefits:
- Parking operations will provide one free Vanpool permit with a reserved parking space in most any lot or garage of your choice.
- Each vanpool member receives 10 one-day parking permits per year.
- Each member will receive an Evening permit, which is valid from 5 p.m.–7 a.m. in any non-24-hour EM-P, EM-S, or ST space (including parking garages).
- Vanpool members are automatically enrolled into the Hoosier Commuter Club and receive additional benefits including:
- Option to purchase up to five one-day permits at half the price of the current daily permit rate each semester (including summer). Vanpool and three-person carpool members are eligible. In a two-person carpool, only the person with the non-EM-P permit is eligible.
- Free rides on any Bloomington Transit bus or campus bus
- Free Emergency Ride Home (ERH)
- Ridematching services provided by Zimride and Commuter Connect
- Free Zipcar membership, and a monthly $9.50 driving credit.
- Opportunity to win a $50 gift card during the monthly HCC drawing. (See details)
Estimated monthly cost savings:
|Drive Alone*||15 Passenger Vanpool**||12 Passenger Vanpool**||7 Passenger Vanpool**|
|* Assumes EM-S permit, $3 per gallon fuel cost, and 25 mpg.|
|** These costs are estimates. Actual cost may vary depending on travel distance and number of people in your vanpool.|
Environmentally friendly commute option
Instead of several cars, there's just one van (provided by Enterprise). By reducing the number of vehicles on the road, the vehicle emissions are significantly reduced, thus aiding in improving overall air quality.
How do I join the vanpool program?
Receive assistance in all aspects of organizing new vanpools, including coordinating new vanpool groups, and determining the pick-up and drop-off locations, schedule, and route.
To get started:
- Contact the Office of Transportation Demand Management to connect with our vanpool program experts.
- Each vanpool requires an organizer/coordinator to get started.
- Once you have enough people to create a vanpool, you must select a primary driver/organizer and at least one backup driver.
- Vanpool members share the monthly lease fee for the van and fuel costs. The lease fee includes all costs associated with the vehicle, including insurance, routine maintenance, repairs, and emergency roadside assistance.
Live in the Indianapolis area?
Find out about a special vanpool program for those who live in Marion County or the eight surrounding counties.
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Zimride is a private carpool community that helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, or popular events.