Penn Transportation & Parking Launches Vanpool Program

August 9, 2011

As part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with VPSI, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to expand vanpooling options to Penn faculty and staff. The vans, which operate throughout the region, including New Jersey and Delaware, offer a reliable, affordable and sustainable way to commute to campus.

Depending on where you live and the number of riders the average monthly cost of participating in a Vanpool is between $100 and $150, which can be a pre-tax deduction from your paycheck.  Riders generally meet at a convenient spot near their residences such as a church or shopping mall parking lot and are brought directly to campus.

Vanpooling offers benefits to the commuters, the University and the planet. Riders can avoid the high cost of gasoline and the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic. Vanpooling helps ease traffic congestion in and around campus and supports Penn’s Climate Action Plan by lowering the University’s carbon footprint.

Penn currently has three vanpools in operation. For more information or to join a vanpool call VPSI at 1-800-VAN-RIDE or visit

And if you are reluctant to join a vanpool because there may be times when you have a child care or other emergency and have to leave campus early, Penn has joined with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to offer members of the University community the services of The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program. This service provides a "safety net" for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who carpool, vanpool or use public transportation on a regular basis. In the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency or illness, unscheduled overtime, or if the regular ride home is not available for certain reasons, registered commuters are provided with a free ride to home, their car or to the place of the emergency.  For details on this program, visit the Penn Parking Website.


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