Commuter Connect

Commuter Connect 2018-08-13T15:47:11+00:00

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The City of Columbus offers a vanpool program for people seeking transportation to work. The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), which manages vanpools in the Indianapolis area, is the provider of these services. The cost of renting and operating the vans is shared by the City of Columbus, and employers or other sponsors. The city’s share of these costs is reimbursed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Fuel costs are paid by the riders.

A vanpool consists of 5-15 people commuting from similar origins to similar destinations each workday. CIRTA staff members are in contact with employers and employees, and organize vanpools when there are a sufficient number of riders. Each vanpool has a volunteer driver, backup drivers, and riders who work in the same area. The vans are provided by a vendor through a CIRTA contract. Employees are eligible to participate in the program if they live in Columbus and work in Columbus or Bartholomew County; or if they live in any Indiana County and work in Columbus.

One of the benefits of the program is a free emergency ride home for employees who need to leave work because of a sick child, a request from an employer to work overtime, or another unforeseen event. The program also covers typical expenses associated with operating a vehicle, including license and registration fees, insurance, vehicle repairs and maintenance, and 24/7 customer support.

For more information, contact:

Laura Thayer, CAMPO Director /
Transportation Planner
lthayer@columbus.in.gov
812-376-2550

 

Heather White, Outreach Representative /
Vanpool Coordinator
hwhite@CIRTA.us
317-327-7433