RideShare Announces New Vanpool from Louisa to Charlottesville
Jan 11, 2013 06:41 PM EST
If you live in Louisa County and work in Charlottesville, there's a new commuting option that could save you some cash.
RideShare started a new vanpool this week that is making it easier and more affordable for people to get to and from work.
Chinette Turner gets up bright and early to drive a 12-person van from Louisa to Charlottesville. "I depart Food Lion at 6 a.m. in the morning and I get here to Charlottesville between 7:15 and 7:30," she said.
Turner drives eight other Louisa residents 70 miles to and from their jobs in Charlottesville every day. It's all part of a new RideShare vanpool program started after JAUNT lost funding for their commuter line coming out of Louisa.
"JAUNT had an employment run program, but the county no longer funds it so the riders had to find another way to get into work without it being so costly," Turner said.
After JAUNT services were discontinued, commuters came together and pitched in for the van to make their hourlong commute easier. They say it's going to save hundreds of dollars a year.
"The riders pay a monthly fee to ride in the vanpool and that's split between the riders. It's a big savings over the cost of riding alone or even in a carpool with two or more people. The monthly payment includes all the fuel cost, maintenance, and insurance for the van," said RideShare program manager Lisa Horanyi.
RideShare says the commuters are paying around $150 a month. The van is leased on a month-to-month basis, so commuters only have to make a 30-day commitment at a time.
RideShare says the cost of this vanpool is almost the same as what the commuters were paying for the JAUNT service.
Passengers say the money is well worth the comfort and convenience of having company on the ride to and from work.
"They're the ones paying for it, really. And it takes care of service of the van when it needs to be serviced and cleaned. And the riders say they're comfortable, most of them sleep coming in," Turner said.
RideShare says they still have three open seats in the van for anyone interested in the vanpool. For more information, click here.
RideShare Press Release
RideShare is pleased to announce that a new vanpool is now available for commuters that live in Louisa County and work in Charlottesville.
Commuters that vanpool save hundreds of dollars a year in travel expenses, including gas, oil changes, tires, repairs, and parking fees. In addition, they have an opportunity to read, study, work, or relax instead of driving.
The current Louisa vanpool schedule is as follows:
Morning pick up times and locations:
6:00 AM – Louisa Food Lion
6:15 AM – K & B Market
6:30 AM – Zion Crossroads Park & Ride
Morning drop off times and locations:
7:00 AM – UVA Old Main Hospital
7:10 AM – Downtown
7:30 AM – JABA (Hillsdale Drive)
7:35 AM – Darden Law School/Library
7:45 AM – Ivy Road
Afternoon pick up times and locations:
4:45 PM – Ivy Road
5:00 PM – JABA (Hillsdale Drive)
5:05 PM – Darden School/Library
5:20 PM – UVA Old Main Hospital
5:30 PM – Downtown
Afternoon drop off times and locations:
5:50 PM – Zion Crossroads Park & Ride
6:10 PM – K & B Market
6:20 PM – Louisa Food Lion
All vanpool participants are eligible for RideShare's Guaranteed Ride Home Program, which provides a free ride home in the event of an emergency. This service is free of charge and available five times per year.
About RideShare: RideShare is a program of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in cooperation with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, working to reduce traffic congestion and increase mobility throughout Central Virginia and the Central Shenandoah Valley. We offer free carpool and SchoolPool matching, vanpool coordination and a Guaranteed Ride Home program to provide free rides home in an emergency. RideShare also works with employers to develop and implement traffic reduction programs, and we market the region's Park and Ride lots.
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