The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) will subsidize newly-formed vanpools operating in the Sacramento Region - Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and Placer Counties - for a six-month initial period. This is a $2,000 value! This incentive to vanpool is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to any qualifying vanpool that has signed agreements with SACOG and a participating vanpool vendor.
SACOG will pay $300/month for six consecutive months ($1,800 total) directly to a participating vanpool vendor for each qualifying vanpool, with the savings passed on to the vanpool members.
The primary driver is responsible to pay the remaining monthly lease to the vanpool vendor.
The vanpool must have one or more employment destinations within the Sacramento region (Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and Placer counties), or if the employment destination is outside of the region, the vanpool must originate within the Sacramento region and at least 75% of the daily trip miles must be within the region.
The vanpool must be newly formed upon entry into the program, with a minimum of at least six committed passengers, including one primary driver. No more than two of these passengers may be from the same previously existing vanpool.
Participants are required to use an authorized vanpool vendor (Calvans, V-RideI or Enterprise Rideshare, see below for more information on these vendors).
The primary driver, vanpool vendor, and SACOG will sign an agreement to activate the subsidy. This agreement covers financial arrangements between SACOG and the vendor and reporting requirements that the primary driver must fulfill.
New vanpools may supplement this incentive subsidy with other subsidies, for example, from transportation management organizations.
The subsidy will be revoked if a vanpool's ridership falls below six members (including the driver) for two consecutive months during the six-month program period.
If an "offshoot" vanpool is formed from members of a vanpool that applies for a subsidy from this program, the original vanpool must remain viable or the new vanpool will not qualify for the subsidy.
The vanpool riders must give the primary driver a 30-day notice prior to permanently leaving the vanpool group. Each rider will be financially responsible for the seat for the full 30 days after giving notice to terminate their ridership.
The vanpool riders will individually pay the primary driver for their share of vanpool costs as agreed upon.
The primary driver is responsible for fueling and maintaining the vehicle, collecting rider contributions, providing a receipt, and driving responsibly.
What you need to do to join the vanpool incentive program
The primary driver registers the vanpool in the Commuter Club rideshare database so that other interested individuals can join the vanpool. Vanpool vendors and transportation management organizations can also assist in finding vanpool riders.
The primary driver coordinates at least five other committed vanpool members, chooses a participating vanpool vendor from the two companies listed below, and completes the 3-Party SACOG-Driver-Vendor Agreement .
Monthly, the primary driver provides SACOG with a list of vanpool members, along with phone numbers, e-mail addresses, origins, destinations, and mileage, for the six-month period of the subsidy.
For assistance with the program or if you have questions
Call SACOG directly at 916-340-6229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of SACOG's rideshare outreach partners: