ENOCH, M.P., 2003. Pooling together : why the vanpool works in the US and the Netherlands. Traffic engineering and control, 44 (1), pp. 12-14
A vanpool is a group of 7-15 people who
commute together on a regular basis in what is
called in the USA a van – but what we would call
a minibus. The vanpool concept is predicated on
the voluntary driver, and expenses are shared
among the group. Largely as a result, vanpools
are widely regarded in the USA as being the most
cost-effective transportation demand
management measures for employers to support.
Currently there are more than 10,000 vanpools
in the USA, which are operated by private
operators, employers and public agencies. In
addition, vanpools are beginning to be developed
in the Netherlands.
However, as yet they are almost unknown in the
UK. The purpose of this article is to identify why
this is the case by looking at vanpools in the
United States and the Netherlands.