Vanpool Service

You have options for your daily commute. VIAWorks, the Transit Benefit Program from VIA Metropolitan Transit, offers convenient and affordable choices for employers and employees to enjoy the benefits of public transportation.

About vanpooling

Why use VIAWorks Vanpool?

  • It eliminates driving a personal vehicle and reduces gasoline and emissions.

  • It saves parking costs and traffic hassles.

  • It’s tax free for riders if done as a payroll deduction.*

  • Vanpool drivers may keep the van during evenings and weekends, in exchange for keeping a daily log, and managing the group’s finances and scheduled maintenance.

  • It offers an attractive benefit package on behalf of employers.

  • It provides savings to employers who subsidize all or partial costs.

  • There is always a guaranteed ride home in case of emergency with the VIAWorks CARE service.

How does vanpooling work?

Getting there together is a great way to start the day.

VIAWorks Vanpool vehicles may travel almost anywhere, as long as trips start or end within VIA’s bus service area. Vanpool makes it possible for groups of five to 15 persons to share a ride to work, while splitting the cost of van rental and fuel.

Employees of participating workplaces may receive up to $255 per month* for Vanpool expense reimbursements. VIA also provides a subsidy discount ($20 per person, per month), insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, and van maintenance.

Find a Vanpool

For questions about VIAWorks Vanpool, call (210) 362-2555.

* Tax benefits per IRS Coade Section 132(f), as of 2017

*Tax-free vanpool benefit limit for commute trips in a vehicle with a seating capacity of at least six adults (excluding the driver), with at least 80 percent of the vehicle’s mileage for a year is reasonably expected to be for commuting, and on trips during which the number of employees transported for commuting is at least one-half of the seating capacity of the vehicle (excluding the driver).

VIAWorks CARE—An Emergency Ride Home from Work

With VIAWorks you don’t have to worry about being stuck or stranded. In the event of an emergency, the Certified Auto Ride in an Emergency (CARE) program can help.

VIAWorks CARE helps cover the cost of a ride home for participating bus and vanpool customers—by taxi or, in some circumstances, a rental car—when riding the bus or vanpool is not an option due to an emergency. There is no cost to participate and no registration procedure, though individuals must be eligible and qualified to receive reimbursement.

You qualify for CARE if:

1) you live and work within the eight counties surrounding San Antonio,*
2) you carpool or vanpool, take the bus, ride a bike, or walk to work an average of three times per week or more; and
3) you record your trips and keep your home, organization, and email address current on NuRide.com, you are eligible to participate.

For questions, or to sign up to be a VIAWorks partner, call (210) 362-5555.

*The eight counties surrounding San Antonio include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson.

Background

Vanpool Pricing Schedule

The following is a cost breakdown of the VIA Vanpool Service that can be used to estimate the cost to each rider. The cost depends on the size of the van, the number of riders in the vanpool and the roundtrip commute distance.

The cost per rider listed below already includes the VIA $20 per person per month subsidy.

7-Passenger van

Daily Roundtrip
Miles
Total Monthly
Cost
Monthly Cost Per Rider
(6 people)
Monthly Cost Per Rider
(7 people)
0-40 miles$690.00$98.34
$81.43
41-60 miles$750.00$108.34$90.01
61-100 miles$795.00$115.84$96.43
101-150 miles$805.00$117.51$97.86
151-200 miles$875.00$129.17$107.86

12-Passenger van

Daily
Roundtrip
Miles
Total
Monthly
Cost
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(8 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(9 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(10 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(11 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(12 people)
0-40$845.00$88.13$76.12$66.51$58.64$52.09
41-60$850.00$88.76$76.67$67.01$59.10$52.51
61-100$860.00$90.01$77.78$68.01$60.01$53.34
101-150$875.00$91.88$79.45$69.51$61.37$54.59
151-200$915.00$96.88$83.89$73.51$65.01$57.92

15-Passenger van

Daily
Roundtrip
Miles
Total
Monthly
Cost
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(13 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(14 people)
Monthly Cost
Per Rider
(15 people)
0-40$940.00$53.85$48.58$44.01
41-60$950.00$54.62$49.29$44.67
61-100$965.00$55.77$50.36$45.67
101-150$975.00$56.54$51.08$46.34
151-200$1015.00$59.62$55.93$49.01

Additional Resources
Vanpool Brochure | Guaranteed Ride Home