Duke Parking & Transportation Services works with Triangle Transit to organize the vanpool program for employees. Not only do Triangle Transit vans park for free at Duke, but Triangle Transit provides the van, pays for gas and insurance, and arranges, oversees, and pays for all maintenance. Riders pay a low monthly fare based on monthly round-trip mileage. The primary driver does not pay.
At Duke, Triangle Transit vans are assigned to reserved parking spaces at no charge and are not required to have Duke parking permits. Each participant receives 24 daily parking passes for times they need to drive separately.
Forming a Vanpool
- Get at least seven people (a driver and six riders) who live and work near you and share approximately the same work hours. Duke GreenRide and Triangle Transit can help you find commuting partners.
- One leg of the commute must begin or end in Wake, Durham, or Orange counties.
- Select a primary driver and backup driver. Determine pickup and drop off locations and times.
- Complete an application form available from Triangle Transit.
Can I payroll deduct the vanpool fee?
If you are a full-time employee, you may pay for your vanpool using payroll deduction. When you use payroll deduction, your monthly vanpool payment will be automatically deducted from your paycheck. Since you will be paying your monthly vanpool fee with pre-tax dollars, the cost to you is lower. To entroll in payroll deduction, complete this form and fax it to 919-681-7746.
What if I can’t vanpool one day or have an emergency?
Each member of a vanpool that does not hold a Duke parking permit can download 2 free daily parking passes per month for days someone needs to drive alone. Additional daily passes can be purchased for $4 by any member on-line or at the Parking and Transportation office.
For unexpected crises, employee vanpool members may register for Triangle Transit's Emergency Ride Home Program. Information about using this service can be found at http://www.gotriangle.org/ERH/.
What if a member drops out of our vanpool?
Vanpools must have at least six riders and one driver. If the number of participants drops below that, a new member must be added within 30 days to retain vanpool privileges.
What happens if the vanpool disbands?
Former participants will be offered parking options available at that time.