Carpooling

Are you looking for a more cost effective way of getting to and from work or school? Have you tried carpooling? Cross County Connection provides a free ridematch service to help you find a suitable carpooling partner based on your commute patterns—origin, destination, start and ending times. Depending on the distance traveled and the number of passengers, the savings can add up quickly. To find your match, or to register a current carpool, apply here. If a match is found, you will be notified via telephone and will be mailed a list of names and contact information of commuters who share similar schedules. Once you receive the match report, simply call or email the people on the list to make arrangements. Saving money on your commute is that easy! Don’t have a car? No problem! Commuters register each day that are willing to do all of the driving. In fact, there are two types of carpool arrangements: carpools which use one vehicle owned by one driver and carpools which alternate driver responsibilities. Tips for starting a successful carpool – Plan a face to face meeting prior to starting your ridesharing relationship to determine if the carpool will be right for you. – Draw up a schedule for driving responsibilities to follow. – Predetermine expense reimbursement if need be. – Establish policies to avoid possible irritants from ruining your experience—smoking or nonsmoking; food and beverage; music and volume. – Be punctual and establish effective lines of communication in the case that a circumstance arises in which carpooling is not an option for that day. – Be willing to modify personal habits. http://www.newjerseygasprices.com/

NJ Rideshare is a free service that helps people living or working in New Jersey find a better way to get to work.

Whether you are looking for a carpool or vanpool within New Jersey you have come to the right place! You can also find available public transportation or park and ride locations through NJ Rideshare.

CROSS COUNTY CONNECTION VANPOOL PROGRAM

 

Join a vanpool and share the expense and the drive.  Cross County Connection is the authorized New Jersey Department of Transportation vanpool matching provider in southern New Jersey.  Cross County Connection works closely with employers and commuters to assist with the formation of new vanpool groups at a specific worksite or in finding a seat for an individual in an existing vanpool group.  To register your existing vanpool group, form a new vanpool, fill an empty seat or find a vanpool group, visit NJRideshare.com or call Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228.

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What is a Vanpool?

Vanpools are a more formal arrangement among a larger number of people than carpools.  For commutes greater than 40-50 miles round trip, the cost savings from vanpooling versus driving along or even carpooling may be substantial.

 

Vanpools are usually created for 7 to 15 people, each of whom have a guaranteed seat and share costs. Cost savings increase with a greater number of participants.  The vanpool driver usually rides for free as it is his/her responsibility to administer the vanpool and care for the vehicle.

 

What Are the Benefits of Vanpooling?

 

Commuter Benefits
  • Reduces gas, toll and insurance costs
  • Reduces depreciation of individuals vehicles
  • Reduces stress of commuting
  • Allows time to relax

 

Employers Benefits
  • Reduces parking needs and costs
  • Reduces employee stress; improves productivity
  • Improves employee morale
  • Reduces absenteeism and late arrivals

 

Environmental Benefits
  • Reduces congestion
  • Improves air quality
  • Conserves energy

 

Third Party Vanpool Groups

Most vanpool groups are known as third party vanpools.  In this arrangement, vehicles are owned by a for-profit vendor who leases the vehicle, on a monthly basis, to the vanpool group. The vendor covers vehicle maintenance, insurance and administration of the vanpool. The vanpool members are responsible for collecting monthly fees and determining the vanpool route and stops.  The vanpoolers determine the policies of the vanpool group.  The vehicle is leased on a monthly basis and can be terminated with 30 days’ notice. Third party vanpool groups are the only type of vanpool groups eligible for NJ TRANSIT’s Vanpool Sponsorship Program.

 

Vanpool Sponsorship Program

NJ TRANSIT offers a statewide vanpool sponsorship program, which provides a financial incentive for vanpooling in areas where public transportation is neither available nor feasible. Each vanpool group may be eligible for $175 per month of sponsorship support which is applied directly towards the leasing of a van.  .

 

Newly forming or existing vanpool groups who obtain their vehicles from a participating vanpool provider can apply for NJ TRANSIT sponsorship through Cross County Connection. There is an application process and other minimal reporting requirements to ensure that the vanpool group meets eligibility standards.  Cross County Connection processes the applications, annual renewals and other paperwork on behalf of the vanpool group.  This information is then forwarded by Cross County Connection to NJ TRANSIT for final approval.  Once approved, NJ TRANSIT provides the third party vanpool company with a monthly payment of $175 which is applied to the vanpool group’s monthly lease.

 

In south Jersey, a vanpool group must lease their vehicle from Enterprise Rideshare, a third party vanpool vendor, to be eligible for the Vanpool Sponsorship Program.  To enroll in the Vanpool Sponsorship Program or learn more, please contact Cross County Connection at (856) 596-8228.

 

Pulaski Skyway Project and Vanpool

 

NJ TRANSIT and the New Jersey Department of Transportation are working together to help mitigate potential traffic congestion impacts of the planned re-habilitation of the Pulaski Skyway. Starting January 1st, 2014, and extending for the duration of the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Project, vanpools originating in or destined for certain areas of Hoboken and Jersey City will be eligible for an additional subsidy under NJ TRANSIT’s Vanpool Sponsorship Program. The additional subsidy will apply to vanpools with origin and destination zip codes of 07030 in Hoboken and 07037, 07306, 07310, 07302, 07304 and 07305 in Jersey City.

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties

(856) 596-8228

Bergen County and western portions of Hudson County, eastern portions of Passaic, Union and Essex Counties   201.939.4242

Monmouth County   732.380.1399

Mercer County, Montgomery Township (Somerset County) and Ocean County
609.452.1491

Hudson County 201.324.6222

Hunterdon County
908.788.5553

Middlesex County
732.745.4465

Somerset County, except for Montgomery Township
908.704.1011

Morris, Sussex, Warren, and western portions of Passaic and Essex Counties
973.267.7600

New York City and Long Island
888.465.1169