Get in a Pace Van
Pace Vanpooling is an economic way to travel.
Plus, it’s more environmentally friendly.
If your work commute matches to an existing Pace Vanpool or if you have a group of five or more carpoolers, consider the benefits of becoming a Pace Vanpool participant.
Pace Vanpooling is a workday rideshare arrangement for commuters who live or work in these six counties of Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. Pace Vanpools consist of individuals who live near each other and have similar travel patterns and work hours. Pace Vanpools operate similar to carpools except they include more perks.
Here's how it works:
A group of commuters decide to form a Pace Vanpool. One of the members volunteers to be the primary driver and at least one other person volunteers as the back-up driver. The group discusses details about pick-up locations, routing, times and parking. Then, they submit start-up forms and deposits to Pace and complete an approval process (which takes about 6-8 weeks). Once they receive the Pace vehicle, they are ready to save money and enjoy a better commute.
Pace supplies the vehicle and covers costs including:
- Roadside assistance
- Van washes
- Guaranteed Ride Home
Riders pay a low monthly fare based on distance and number of participants. The primary driver rides for free and also receives 300 personal miles per month! Back-up drivers receive a discounted fare. Parking costs and details are arranged between the vanpool participants and the parking garage. Pace does not assist with parking arrangements.
Please note that vanpooling fares can be paid with pre-tax income by employees of companies that participate in a payroll deduction, transit benefit program.
A connection to the train station
In a Pace Metra Feeder Vanpool, commuters can board a Pace van which has been parked overnight at a Metra train station near the worksite. This allows participants to use the van to complete their commute.
Searching for other commuters
A total of five commuters is ideal for starting a Pace Vanpool. Here are some ways that Pace RideShare can help you find other vanpool commuters:
- Register to find other commuters and message your matches about starting a Pace Vanpool. Or, let them know about the open seats you have on your existing vanpool
- Contact staff to create a flyer outlining the commute. In addition to having your own personal set of flyers, Pace RideShare will share your commute via social media, and at your employer's location, when possible
- You may want to approach the Human Resources department, Transportation Coordinator or Property Manager for assistance with identifying other commuters that might be interested in ridesharing with you