Vanpooling During COVID-19

Tips for Commuters/Employees

  • Protect Yourself and Others: Wear protective equipment while in the van and around other passengers.
     
  • Keep Surfaces Clean: Regularly clean surfaces inside the vehicle, including keys, steering wheel, center console, cup holders, gear shift, door handles and panels.
     
  • Follow Good Hygiene: Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soon as possible after leaving the van.

Tips for Employers

  • Tips for Employers Talk to Your Employees: Understand the level of comfort of your employees to return to their vanpool and learn what could be done to raise the level of comfort they have returning to the workplace and commuting with others.
     
  • Create A/B Scheduling for Employees: To create physical distancing, consider creating two different schedules for the vanpoolers in order to split the number of people per vehicle. Keep vanpool groups on the same shift when possible.
     
  • Provide Subsidies: With employees coming back to worksites slowly, think about providing additional seat subsidies to help offset vanpool costs.
     
  • Be Flexible with Capacity: Allow more relaxed guidance on regulations during this time to help the vanpoolers who are partial riding due to changing work schedules.
     
  • Communicate with Your Provider: Your vanpool program is also looking for reopening information to make sure that any needs to clean a vehicle or change a vehicle are being met as your business needs it.

This guidance is complied from resources developed by The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and CDC to inform employers, commuters, and communities on how we can all get back to the workplace safely and efficiently.