What is CalVans?
Sponsored by the California Vanpool Authority, CalVans is a public transit agency with one simple goal for farmworkers: to provide qualified agricultural workers with safe, affordable vans they can use to drive themselves and others to work. Our program meets all state and federal requirements for farm labor transportation. Learn more about the History of CalVans.
What is the cost?
Farmworkers pay a modest fee to ride in a CalVans vanpool — often less than others pay to ride in unsafe, unreliable vehicles. The cost varies, but most riders pay a little over $2 per ride. The fee covers the Agency’s cost of maintaining and insuring the vans, as well as the cost of replacing them when they wear out.
Drivers receive no pay — they simply volunteer to operate a vanpool and enjoy the benefits of a safe, reliable and affordable commute to work.
Employers may participate in the program for free. A one-time start-up grant provided money to set-up the CalVans program and to purchase the 15-passenger vans. The money to sustain and expand the program comes from riders.
How does CalVans ensure safety?
Riding in one of our well-maintained vans will help keep you and our roadways as safe as possible. Vanpool drivers must have a Class C license, pass a required physical and provide a DMV printout showing proof of a clean driving record.
The vans themselves are also equipped for safety. Each one is outfitted with a Global Positioning System, allowing CalVans staff to monitor the driver’s performance and locate the van should an emergency arise.
The vans also carry first-aid kits, fire extinguishers and roadside safety items. And for maximum peace of mind, every van in the program is fully covered by a $10 million insurance policy.
How do I get more information about CalVans?
Contact the California Vanpool Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-655-5444.
When you work from sun up to sun down, you shouldn’t have to lose sleep over finding a ride.
Call CalVans today!