Riders sought for new east vanpool

An Iowa State vanpool for employees who commute from the east along the U.S. Highway 30 corridor is gaining momentum. With a few more riders, university transportation services hopes to start the service soon.

Manager Kathy Wellik said that, depending on interest, the route could start as far east as State Center, with stops in Colo and Nevada. She estimated a monthly cost of approximately $80 per rider, which covers fuel, insurance, parking and weekly servicing of the vehicle. The cost depends on the number of riders, van size and the route's starting point.

All ISU vanpools follow these guidelines:

  • The monthly fee is waived for one primary 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 a fuel surcharge becomes necessary

Employees who would like more information about this option may contact Wellik, 294-1657.