When seven to fifteen people commute to work or school in a passenger van, it’s called a vanpool.

Vanpools are usually used for longer commutes of 20 or more miles each way.

Does CommuteKern set up vanpools?

No. We serve as a resource for vanpool companies and for people, schools, or businesses to manage their vanpools. Our website can assist vanpool administrators by providing database management for riders, route mapping, tracking van maintenance, calculating air quality emission reductions, and generating reports. Vanpool operators may list their routes on our website, which will help them find riders.

Who owns the vans?

Vans may be owned or leased by individuals, schools, or businesses. There are a few vanpool companies operating in Kern County. They are listed in the resources section.

How much will it cost?

Vanpools usually divide the costs to run a vanpool equally. These may include fuel, maintenance, and insurance prices vary, so research your options.

What else should I know about vanpools?

Your vanpool expenses may reduce your income taxes. Under the Internal Revenue Service’s Commuter Choice program, your employer could deduct your vanpool expenses from your gross wages and pay the vanpool operator directly. This will reduce income taxes for you and for your employer. If your commute lies primarily within the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s region, you may apply for a grant. The REMOVE II program provides up to $350 per month for twelve months ($4,200 max) to brand new vanpools. Visit their website,, for more information about the grant program.

What can I do to make sure my vanpool is a success?

CommuteKern has created some helpful tools. Listing your vanpool on our website helps you replace riders when they leave. View the Vanpool Policies and tips. You may also download a convenient vanpool members’ contact information form (PDF) such as home, work, or cell phones.


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