Summary of Proposed Changes
Intercity Transit has been working to improve access to public transportation options in our community based on community support following the passage of Proposition 1 in November 2018. IT’s Vanpool program, which supports access to jobs and employment throughout the region, is also “getting in on the action” with a proposed change to how vanpool rates will be set. The changes are expected to make the vanpooling “experience” easy, flexible, and fast, which will allow users to easily calculate their vanpool costs. Below is a summary of the proposed changes and how it works:
Existing Vanpool Fare Structure
The current vanpool fare structure has 2,000 price points. The cost to vanpool is currently determined by several variables and can change monthly for users. In addition, the daily trip option has been modified, something that riders are requesting due to changing work schedules experienced during the global pandemic. The complexity of the fare structure makes it difficult to establish and maintain riders. The linked web pages below illustrate how complicated the existing fare structure is.
Flat Rate Vanpool Fare Proposal
The proposed Flat Rate Vanpool Fare simplifies the fare structure from 2,000 to 8 price points. In addition, the proposed flat rate fare structure adds a single fare for our daily trip option. The proposed Flat Rate Vanpool fare is summarized below.
|Daily Round Trip Miles||Monthly Fare|
|Daily Trip Fare||$10|
Simplifying the fare structure is expected to:
- Increase vanpool participation by offering affordable and consistent fares.
- Support economic recovery in our community as employees return to work.
- Provide a daily trip fare option for hybrid or intermittent work schedules.
- Allow for social distancing in vanpools by lowering per vehicle ridership without changing the monthly fare.
- Respond to customer and employer feedback on the current fare structure which can fluctuate monthly based on ridership.
- Retain current customers.
- Attract employer participation, including subsidizing employee costs.