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Enterprise Vanpool Rideshare Service Expands into Idaho

| September 12, 2016

Enterprise Vanpool Rideshare Service Expands into Idaho

If you’re wondering if everybody is getting into the sharing economy, the short answer is…yes!

Enterprise Rideshare, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is now the preferred vanpool provider of Valley Regional Transit (VRT). The public-private partnership will expand vanpool opportunities throughout Southwest Idaho, giving rural commuters a convenient and affordable transportation alternative in an area where mass transit is limited.

“In rural communities, people often live a considerable distance from where they work, which makes the cost of commuting more expensive,” said Kelli Fairless, VRT Executive Director. “Our partnership with Enterprise Rideshare will make the development of vanpool services easy, scalable and affordable for local employers so they can offer one of the most cost-effective transportation alternatives as an added benefit to their employees.”

Enterprise Rideshare is supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood network of more than 5,000 fully staffed offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, including eight in Southwest Idaho. Enterprise’s infrastructure and operational expertise will facilitate the development of cost-effective vanpool programs, enabling groups of five or more people with similar commuting routes to share a vehicle and save time and money on their daily travel.

Enterprise Rideshare is part of Enterprise’s urban mobility strategy and long-term commitment to sustainable transportation.

The partnership between Enterprise Rideshare and VRT is a component of VRT’s CanyonRide Commuter Van program, a collaborative effort to provide organizations in Canyon County and adjacent areas in Southwest Idaho with the resources to start up or expand a vanpool program of any size.

Here’s how it works: For as little as $850 per month, each vanpool receives a reliable, well-equipped vehicle from Enterprise to get to and from work. Enterprise manages service and maintenance for the vehicles and provides 24-hour roadside assistance. Vanpoolers also have access to Enterprise’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, which ensures they can leave work at unscheduled times worry-free.

As an added incentive, VRT is crediting $200 per month for up to 15 vehicles during the first year of service, bringing the monthly cost down to as little as $650 per vanpool. By the end of the pilot year, Enterprise Rideshare and VRT aim to successfully establish 12 vanpools in Canyon County.

Enterprise Rideshare has been operating vanpool programs across the United States for more than 20 years.

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