East vanpool is gaining momentum

Transportation services is interested in starting a vanpool for employees who commute from the east along the U.S. Highway 30 corridor.

Depending on interest, manager Kathy Wellik said the route could start in Marshalltown or State Center, with stops in Colo and Nevada. She estimated a cost of approximately $80/month per rider, which covers fuel, insurance, parking and weekly servicing of the vehicle. The cost depends on starting point, number of riders and van size.

All ISU vanpools follow these guidelines:

  • The monthly fee is waived for one main driver in the vanpool
  • Each member receives 10 one-day parking permits to use on campus during the year (additional permits may be purchased in the parking office, Armory)
  • Transportation services guarantees any vanpool member a ride home if an emergency occurs
  • The monthly fee doesn't fluctuate unless a new vehicle is issued to the pool or fuel prices rise dramatically and transportation services needs to implement a fuel surcharge

Interested? Learn more

The targeted start date for the Marshall County vanpool is June 16. Employees interested in learning more are invited to a lunch-and-learn with Wellik on Wednesday, May 28 (noon-12:30 p.m., transportation services dispatch office on Haber Road). Or, contact Wellik at 4-1657.

Transportation services currently operates six employee vanpools from Ankeny, Boone, Des Moines (I-235 corridor), Roland, Story City and West Des Moines (I-80/35 corridor). Contact Wellik about available seats on any of these.