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Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #23

October 23, 2009 in Blog

Increasing vanpools by 600 percent by
2030 would only cost the public about $2.5 billion in taxes and move 20 percent
more people than Sound Transit’s $23 billion light rail expansion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #22

October 22, 2009 in Blog

2003, a WSDOT study found the region could increase vanpool use up to 11,870
vans by 2030, a 600 percent increase from what currently exists today.

Part III: Analysis of Vanpool Performance and Market Potential

October 21, 2009 in Blog


Here is our third report in our four-part series on Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region:
Part III: Analysis of Vanpool Performance and Market Potential

Key Findings
• Vanpools are far more flexible and require less public tax support than other, fixed route mass transit modes, like buses or rail.
• King County’s vanpool program alone carries more people than Sound Transit’s entire commuter rail, for $1 billion less.
• Regional vanpools served f!
our times more passengers for 1/7th the cost of Sound Transit’s Sounder Commuter Rail.
• Regional vanpools are 2½ times more efficient than Sound Transit’s buses.
• Between 2000 and 2007, regional vanpools spent 18 times less in capital expenses than the regional bus agencies, 12 times less than Sound Transit’s buses and 20 times less than commuter rail.
• Regional vanpools cost between three and five times less to operate than light rail, buses or commuter rail.
• Regional vanpools require much less public tax support than other inter-city transit modes because users cover two thirds of operational expenses.
• Vanpools have the potential to serve 20% percent more riders for $20 billion less than Sound Transit’s light rail expansion plan.
• Instead of spending more public money to connect cities with high speed rail, commuter rail, light rail and express bus services, policymakers should look to vanpools as the most efficie!
nt alternative.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #21

October 21, 2009 in Blog

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #21: Commuters traveled an average of 12.2 miles in 1999 and 12.8 miles in 2006, a
five percent increase, despite regulations to force
compact development. Between 1980 and 2000, commuters who cross county lines to
get to work increased from 10.4 percent to 16.1 percent. As commuters move
farther from employment centers transportation costs grow and demand for vanpools becomes more attractive.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #20

October 20, 2009 in Blog

Vanpool fares would only need to rise about 50 percent to make vanpools self sufficient. On the other hand, Sound Transit’s bus fares would need to rise about 259 percent, and nearly 200 percent for the Sounder Commuter rail, to break even.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #19

October 19, 2009 in Blog

2002 and 2007, the public paid about $1.26 for every vanpool passenger trip
made in the Puget Sound region. In comparison, the public paid $5.13 for every
passenger trip on a Sound Transit bus and $10.66 for every passenger trip made
on the Sounder Commuter rail.

Vanpools most cost effective intercity transit mode

October 19, 2009 in Blog

This spring, WPC began studying the performance of vanpools as an effective, intercity mode of public transit. Here are the first two studies in WPC's four-part series on vanpools.

Part I: The Vanpool Solution, A faster, cheaper and easier way to commute (video)
Part II: Introduction & Background
Part III: Analysis of vanpool performance and market potential (To be released this week)
Part IV: Recommendations (To be released later this month)

Our research indicates that not only are vanpools the most cost effective intercity transit solution, but users pay most of the cost. This formula suggests vanpools should be expanded. Our last report contains a set of recommendations that will include the following:

  1. Saturate vanpool market before expanding other intercity modes
  2. Phase in 100% cost recovery in 5-10 years
  3. Standardize policies and pricing among the six agencies in the region
  4. Conduct feasibility study on governance
  5. Keep federal 5307 money earned by vanpools within the vanpool program
  6. Increase public awareness, via VMAP recommendations

Stay tuned as we continue to release further research on Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region: The case for expanding vanpool programs to move the most people for the least cost

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #18

October 18, 2009 in Blog

Taxpayers pay about 80 percent of
operating costs for light rail, buses and commuter rail, while users only cover
20 percent. In King County, vanpool passengers pay about 82 percent of
operating costs for the vanpool program, while taxpayers only have to fund the
remaining 18 percent.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #17

October 17, 2009 in Blog

accounting for ridership and distance traveled, vanpools cost between three and
five times less to operate than light rail, buses or commuter rail.

Vanpools Offer Attractive and Cost Effective Option to Commuters

October 17, 2009 in Publications