We should ask Capital Metro to substize the van pool rider as they do for the commute train and bus riders. I believe that they possibly pay 95% of cost of train riders and 75% the cost of bus riders. They are likely paying less than 30% of the cost for the van pool riders with the new pay structure.
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Not sure if all vanpools experience the same thing but we have a vanpool with many riders who work on a workplace where there is quaterly to 6-month hour rotation which causes them to transfer-out of their vanpool to another vanpool. This will affect the ridership budget with the new structure and may just not be cost-effective for vanpools that may wind up with low-ridership on some months of the year.
create a universal ride pass that allows vanpool riders to access local and express bus service as alternatives to return to their parked cars at the park-and-ride. To address current concerns on abuse of bus passes by vanpoolers, Capmetro can limit the number of bus rides in these passes to a maximum of 12-15 rides a month so vanpoolers cannot give the pass to other people. Having access to express line is fair because vanpool vans start in Express line park-and-ride stops. If Capmetro really aims at helping to improve air quality and encourage people to use public transits, then it has to make it easy for riders who would then want to use their service.