All CalVans vanpools per trip costs, are determined after the trip has occurred. The overall cost is based on the number of passengers and distance traveled. The more riders, the less each rider pays. The Agency bills the main volunteer driver on a weekly or monthly basis to recover 100% of the costs associated with operating the vanpool for either the week or the month.
To determine potential costs, CalVans provides a Cost Calculator below. If in the meantime, the main volunteer driver or the vanpool group wants an estimate, please contact staff at email@example.com. CalVans staff provides a weekly or monthly invoice directly to the main volunteer driver to share with all riders/passengers. This allows the main volunteer driver to collect a payment and any subsidized portion from each rider and forwards them to the Agency.
The payments cover the Agency’s cost of purchasing, maintaining, insuring and fueling as well as the cost of replacing a vehicle when it wears out.
Your specific van may affect costs in few ways:
- CalVans offers different van sizes, either 8, 10, 13 or 15 passengers.
- CalVans may offer an older safe van at a reduced cost.
- Switching between van sizes affects the cost of a lease and the amount spent on fuel or electricity.
Other factors may also affect your costs.
Please use the tabs on the calculator below to determine
1.) your estimated cost and
2.) your potential cost savings.