A Vanpool is an organized Ride-Sharing arrangement made between a group of 7-15 commuters who choose to ride to and from work in a passenger van. Vanpooling is an important and economical option for individuals commuting long distances. Vanpools are generally considered to be an element of the overall public transit system. They allow groups of people to share the rides to and from work, similar to a carpool, but in a more formal setting with concurrent savings in fuel and vehicle operating cost.
Vanpooling provides an opportunity to save commuters money and diminish the external costs of an automobile‐dominated transportation system. Vanpooling’s effectiveness in urban and suburban areas has been established, but its success in rural areas is less well researched. Furthermore, employer support is important to the success of vanpooling, but few studies have shown how agencies and nonprofits can encourage that support.
If current air quality measurement trends continue the Wichita metropolitan area will be out of compliance with national air quality standards in the next few years. This triggers statutory actions by the federal and local units of governments. To demonstrate the area’s commitment to coming into compliance . . . read the full report.
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