City looks to take 1,000 drivers off the road with vanpool program

City looks to take 1,000 drivers off the road with vanpool program
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Enterprise Rent-a-Car's Rideshare division is partnering with the city to fill 150 seven-passenger vans with people who want to vanpool to and from work.

"We're always looking for ways to make better use of our roadways. Vanpools are a very efficient way to move people around," said city Transportation Services acting Director Mark Garrity.

Over the next two years the city will invest $1 million in the program. The money came from the state, and the goal is to get 1,050 drivers out of their own cars and into a vanpool.

"We feel it's going to be a great benefit for the employee and employer," said Chris Sbarbaro, Enterprise Holdings vice president of Sales and Marketing.

Over the next two years, Enterprise will get monthly subsidies from the city. The $250 per van will help defray operating costs and save members money.

Vanpoolers will only pay $100 a month.

"That $100 includes gas, maintenance, insurance -- and if you're downtown -- potentially, parking," Sbarbaro said.

He said the company has a fleet of vehicles ready to go. Vanpool drivers need a valid drivers license and a clean driving record.

"They could pick from an SUV, a minivan, a passenger van, and we can turn that order around in a very short period of time," he said.

If you want to join a vanpool, Enterprise will find an open seat. The company is also launching a ride-matching program to put you in a vanpool that fits your schedule, location and destination.

"People have been waiting for this for a long long time, and it gives them another alternative and another solution for their commuting needs," Enterprise Rideshare's Kanani Iaea said.

One vanpool can have multiple drivers. And the person behind the wheel will enjoy another perk.

"You actually have free use of that van over the weekend, kind of your own personal vehicle," Sbarbaro said.

Vanpool participants also have access to Enterprise's Guaranteed Ride Home program.

"You would call one of our Enterprise Rent-a-Car locations and you could get a car to get home for an emergency and you just bring it back the next day," Sbarbaro said.

To learn more about the program, click here or call 800-VAN-4-WORK.

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