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Everybody in the Vanpool
Commute is faster, less stressful
Dawn Barnett, assistant controller with Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) in southern Dallas, joined a vanpool sponsored by her employer in 2011. Barnett carpools with five coworkers and shares driving responsibilities with four of them.
AAFES reimburses the carpoolers for the gas and rental fee of the DART van as part of their transit employee benefits.
These government employees are just a few of the many North Texans who are saving time and money - as well as helping reduce congestion and their carbon footprint - through DART's Vanpool Program. Currently, 62 employers participate in the program, sponsoring more than 180 vanpool groups.
Between HOV and TEXpress lanes, Barnett said, the commute is much faster than driving alone in her personal vehicle.
"I don't just save time on my commute from Frisco. I save on gas, maintenance and wear and tear on my personal vehicle because I'm no longer using it for my commute," Barnett said. "When it's not my turn to drive, I get an additional two hours of sleep a day."
With DART's vanpool program, 10 to 15 people share the cost of a 15-passenger van for $450 a month, or six to eight people share an eight-passenger van for $425 a month. DART supplies the van and insurance for a fee, which can be paid with pre-tax income. Participants share in the cost of gas. Some employers reimburse employees for all or part of the cost.
A DART vanpool can go anywhere, anytime, as long as either the work or home destination is within Dallas, Denton or Collin Counties and does not originate within Tarrant County or other counties served by the vanpool program of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
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