Here are 6 basic steps to start a carpool/vanpool. This list doesn't cover everything, but it should give you a good place to start. A more detailed description of each step can be found in this DHEC document.
- Determine interest and invite potential carpoolers to participate
- Match potential carpoolers
- Provide incentives
- Establish guidelines
- Keep communication open
- Monitor results
What tools and resources are currently available?
Carpool matching assistance:
Additional Resources for Carpooling/Vanpooling:
- Guidelines for a Successful Vanpool Lunch & Learn Event (DHEC)
- Carpooling Toolkit (DHEC)
- Getting to Work (CTAA/FTA)
- Information on emissions benefits related to transportation alternatives (FHWA)
- Vanpooling services may be available in South Carolina through companies such as VPSI.
- Van-pools.com is a blog and online resource portal for commuters who want to learn more about the financial and environmental benefits of sharing rides.
- What about unexpected emergencies? A Guaranteed Ride Home Program may help increase participation. This website supports the metropolitan area around Washington, D.C., but still has some great examples of what a GRH program can do for your employees.
- Your business may qualify to be a Best Workplaces for Commuters which might attract perspective employees.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.