What is a Vanpool?
As you are aware, UCLA has extended remote work for most employees through January 4, 2021. The ongoing shift to remote operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic has affected many campus-based services, and, regretfully, the UCLA Vanpool Program is no exception.
As a result of the crisis, we’ve seen ridership drop, operating costs continue to rise and parking revenues that fund the program fall dramatically. With infection-control guidelines further limiting the number of people our vans can carry, we cannot continue to operate the program in a financially viable manner.
For those reasons, we’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue the UCLA Vanpool Program. In its place, Enterprise and other vanpool vendors will offer program participants the choice to lease vans directly through their respective operations privately.
These private leases with Enterprise will come with several advantages, including expanded vehicle selection and frequent vehicle rotation. Additionally, vanpool groups will have the ability to control all aspects of their route, including expanding ridership beyond UCLA staff and students to any commuters to the Westwood area. Enterprise is committed to making the shift to these new privately-leased vans as seamless as possible and will be contacting vanpool participants directly starting Monday, July 6.
The UCLA Vanpool Program will end on July 31, 2020, with all UCLA vehicles needing to be returned to campus by no later than August 31, 2020. We are pleased that Enterprise, as well as other vendors, are able to set up new vanpools with interested customers during the same timeframe.
UCLA Transportation has already begun coordinating with drivers to retrieve UCLA vanpool vehicles, keys, gas fobs, and Voyager credit cards. If you’re not currently commuting with your vanpool, we encourage you to contact your driver to claim any personal items you may have left behind. If you cannot retrieve your belongings prior to the van’s return, please email [email protected] to set up a time to collect your items.
UCLA Transportation is discontinuing the UCLA Vanpool Program effective July 31, 2020. Individuals may enter into private (two-party) leases with commercial vendors that offer vanpool vehicles, including, but not limited to, Commute with Enterprise and Airport Van Rental. UCLA Transportation no longer is a party to, nor offers a subsidy for, vanpool contracts or arrangements with commercial vanpool vendors that offer services to UCLA community members as of August 1, 2020.