If you decide to start your own vanpool, EZ Ride can help. Since there are two van sizes to pick from, you will need either 7 or 15 riders. You may recruit these riders at your company or you may consult EZ Ride’s list of riders who are interested in joining a vanpool.
Leasing your van
One of the financial benefits of vanpooling comes from financial subsidies that come from NJ Transit. To qualify for these subsidies, you must lease your van from a NJ Transit approved vanpool provider. EZ Ride can provide you with a list of approved providers near you. For a vanpool application, click here.
Organizing your riders
Once you have your riders, you’ll need to discuss your cost-sharing arrangements, routes and pickup schedules. Make sure to maintain updated contact information for everyone in your group in case of bad weather or any unforeseen situation. Always have a designated backup driver to allow for vacation time, illness or business travel.
The Vanpool Lease:
Month-to-Month Lease: Vanpool groups can terminate a rental simply by giving 30 days notice. The 30-day clause protects the group if they ever need to return the van due to a loss in ridership or for any other reason.
Insurance: Our third-party provider offers exceptional insurance for all EZ Ride vanpools. Vanpools receive a $2 million dollar insurance plan included in their lease. In addition the van provider will indemnify the driver if a legal matter occurs.
Comprehensive Maintenance: Our third-party vendors track your van mileage and contact you when service is needed (e.g. oil changes, safety checks). The maintenance staff dispatches a vendor to pick up the van, service it and return it the same day prior to the vanpool's departure.
Roadside Assistance: In case of mechanical problems, the vanpool coordinator contacts the maintenance staff and schedules a time for a loaner van to be delivered to the worksite (if needed). When the original van's repairs are complete, it will be returned to the worksite to replace the loaner van.