A service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rideshare is an alternative commuting solution founded in 1994 that has become one of the largest vanpool operations in the nation. Enterprise Rideshare’s vanpooling services include vRide, which was acquired in 2016.
Every business day, Enterprise Rideshare takes more than 100,000 individual cars off the road, eliminating more than 2.4 billion commuter miles driven each year and eradicating the need for 100,000 parking spaces. Additionally, almost 2 billion pounds of carbon emissions are reduced by Enterprise Rideshare and vRide customers annually. As a result, Enterprise Rideshare’s vanpool service is one of the most strategic, cost-effective and sustainable transportation options available.
Based on annual passenger miles, Enterprise Rideshare would rank as the fourth largest U.S. public transit agency today. Enterprise Rideshare is supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network, which delivers a level of fleet flexibility and local service unmatched in the vanpool industry. By providing an industry-leading selection of vehicles – including crossovers, SUVs, minivans and large passenger vans – Enterprise Rideshare offers customizable programs that help communities overcome transportation challenges, both long- and short-term.
For example, in 2015, Enterprise Rideshare launched a partnership with the Community Transportation Association of America to provide organizations with the resources to start up or expand vanpool programs of any size. Two of Enterprise’s vRide partners also were recognized in 2016 by the Association for Commuter Transportation, an international trade association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management.
Genuine ridesharing programs typically provide public-private partnerships as well as flexible commuting options that benefit consumers and businesses alike.
Vanpooling also reduces annual transportation expenses by using volunteer drivers – which is much more cost-efficient than hiring paid drivers (for example, through ride-hailing companies). Vanpool participants also determine driving responsibilities and routing among themselves – unlike ride-hailing apps that require you to request, wait and pay for each use. This is one reason why Enterprise formally contacted the General Services Administration (GSA) in 2017 to highlight and document important differences between ridesharing and ride-hailing services. For more information about proper ridesharing definitions, click here.
Enterprise also moderated a 2017 panel discussion about “The Changing World of Transit Benefits” at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. The session explored the potential impact of tax reform on commuter benefit programs, plus common-sense efforts to further expand transit benefits at the grassroots level.
And in 2018, the ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) Journal published an Enterprise article: "The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option."
Reducing Traffic, Parking and Emissions
For an average commute of 100 miles per day, ridesharing can save individuals up to $10,000 per year by reducing the cost of tolls, gas, vehicle maintenance and depreciation. Furthermore, according to U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics data, commuter vanpools are the safest mode of public transportation when compared to motor bus, light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail and demand response services.
Enterprise Rideshare manages vanpool programs that address both local and national needs by reducing carbon emissions, parking real estate and traffic congestion – including major bottlenecks and “hotspots” in metropolitan areas. In fact, businesses that offer Enterprise Rideshare’s vanpool programs as an added employee benefit not only gain a competitive differentiator for recruiting and retention, but also a way to improve their corporate sustainability profile. Enterprise also offers a free ride-matching program to help find co-workers with similar hours and routes.
For more information about Enterprise Rideshare, visit www.enterpriserideshare.com.
Or, to access the Enterprise Rideshare Fact Sheet, click here.
Related Press Releases and Recent News
- 'Vanpooling' Discussed at Chamber Luncheon
- The Value of Vanpooling as a Strategic, Cost-effective, and Sustainable Transportation Option (Institute of Transportation Engineers/ITE Journal, February 2018)
- Rochester will Expand Vanpool Program for City Residents
- State Ride Sharing Hits the Road
- Enterprise Rideshare Expanding Vanpool Opportunities Throughout Southwest Idaho
- Nevada and Arizona Vanpooling Programs Honored By Association for Commuter Transportation
- Enterprise Rideshare Partnering with City & County of Honolulu to Ease Traffic Congestion
- Enterprise Holdings Acquires vRide Vanpooling Business