Vanpools

Greenride Connect

The University of Michigan has sponsored vanpooling for its faculty and staff since the 1970s. Up to six passengers and a driver meet each day in their community and ride in together. The vanpool program is very important to our department strategy for meeting the parking and transportation needs of the University and we want to make sure it continues as a viable, sustainable program. Visit our ride sharing website, GreenRide Connect, for more information or to check out the current vanpool openings.

What is Vanpooling?

Vanpooling is defined by U-M Parking and Transportation Services as a collection of (6 or more) people who commute to and from work and share the cost of their mutual commute.

Eligibility

You are eligible to join the vanpool program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Full time (32 or more hour appointment)
  • Permanent employment status
  • Able to commit to riding on a full time basis (at least 4 days a week)

If you are not a full time U-M employee you may still be eligible for the vanpool program. The cost to join a vanpool if you are not a full-time employee is $119.00 per month plus tax.

Cost

There is a $25 monthly fee to participate in the Vanpool program. The fee is eligible for pre-tax payroll deduction. As an incentive to drivers, the fee will be waived for primary drivers.

In addition to the monthly fee, vanpool members share in the cost of fuel.

Communities We Serve

Community
AdrianBlissfieldBloomfield HillsBrighton
CantonClintonDetroitDundee
Farmington HillsFentonFlintGrass Lake
HartlandHowellJacksonLivonia
MilanMonroePinckneyShelby Township
TaylorTecumsehTemperanceToledo
TroyWaterfordWestlandWixom

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who do I contact?
  1. If you have questions about other riders, personal issues, fuel contributions from the other riders, personal usage of the van, Guaranteed Ride Home program, etc. Contact Fleet Services at 734-764-1100 or alt.trans@umich.edu
  2. If you have questions about parking on campus - call Parking Customer Service at 734-764-8291.
  3. If you have an emergency situation and need to get home, to your vehicle or a hospital. Call University Police at 734-763-1131.
  4. If you have a problem with the van - maintenance questions, hear funny noises, etc. Call vRide at 1-800-826-7433.
Are there a minimum number of riders that must ride on the vanpool on any given day?
Even if a vanpool has 6 or more members assigned to its roster, there could be an occasion where a few riders may have days off that coincide leaving a reduced numbers of riders. In this case, under Federal Guidelines a minimum of at least three (3) must ride in the van for it to be considered a vanpool commute. This means a van should not be driven to work with two (2) or less people in the van (including the driver)
Where are vanpool groups allowed to park on campus?
U-M will provide a blue permit for the vanpool vehicle and a designated parking spot for the vanpool group. Additionally, vanpool vehicles are allowed to park in any blue, yellow or orange lot on campus as long as the blue permit is displayed. Since vanpools are not U-M vehicles , they cannot be parked in any business or service vehicle spaces. The vehicle will be ticketed if parked illegally.
Can I still keep my parking permit--Gold, Blue, Yellow, or Orange?
No, daily scratch-off permits are allowed and can be purchased through U-M Parking Customer Service. No Gold, Blue, Yellow, or Orange parking permits are allowed for vanpool group members. If you have a parking permit it must be returned to the Fleet Services or Parking Customer Services office prior to you joining the vanpool.
Do vans really need to start with six (6) people?
We need a minimum of six (6) people to begin a new vanpool to make it cost effective.
How do I get home in case of an emergency?
Contact the U-M Police Department at 734-763-1131 and tell them you participate in the vanpool program and have an emergency and need a taxi ride home. They will need your name, U-M ID and pick up location. A cab will then be dispatched to pick you up and transport you to your vehicle, home, hospital or child care provider. U-M will pay for your emergency cab ride, but if you choose to tip the cab driver, it is at your own expense. The Emergency Ride Home program may be used no more than six (6) times per permit year. July 1-June 30.