As part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with v-Ride, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to expand vanpooling options to Penn faculty and staff.

The vans which operate throughout the region, including New Jersey and Delaware, offer a reliable, affordable and sustainable way to commute to campus. Depending on where you live and the number of riders, the average cost of participating in a Vanpool is between $100 and $150, which can be a pre-tax deduction from your paycheck.  Riders generally meet at a convenient spot near their residences such as a church or shopping mall parking lot and are brought directly to campus.

Vanpooling offers benefits to the commuters, the University and the planet. Riders can avoid the high cost of gasoline and the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic. Vanpooling helps ease traffic congestion in and around campus and supports Penn’s Climate Action Plan by lowering the University’s carbon footprint.

Penn currently has three vanpools in operation. For more information or to join a vanpool call VRide at 1-800-VAN-RIDE (826-7433) or visit