- Vanpool drivers are volunteers authorized by The Rapid to drive.
Drivers may be able to use the van for limited personal use (up to 300 miles per month).
Authorized drivers must pass a drug and alcohol screen, a criminal and driving background check, a health exam, attend a defensive driving class, and provide proof of personal car insurance.
In case of an emergency, the Guaranteed Ride Home program is available. Some limitations apply.
Non-profit programs also available, please call for details.
Share the Ride — in a RapidVan.
RapidVan Vanpooling offers a shared ride to work for groups of at least four people with similar commuting patterns. The Rapid provides a vehicle, maintenance, insurance, 24-hour emergency roadside service, carwashes, and fuel. All costs of driving the van are included in the price. The more passengers enrolled in a vanpool, the lower the cost per person. The Rapid can add vanpoolers to any existing vanpool as needed to keep costs low for all individuals.
Commutes less than 60 miles each way cost $600 per month. Commutes over 60 miles each way cost $800 per month. RapidVan costs are divided among the participants. The average cost per person to participate in a vanpool is approximately $100-$200 per month, based on commuting patterns, mileage, and occupancy. Each vanpool member must also pay a security deposit or a rider deposit.
All drivers must pass a drug/alcohol screen, criminal and driving background check, USDOT health exam, defensive driving class, and provide a current State of Michigan driving license along with proof of personal insurance. Some vanpool participants may choose to just be riders.
We have several programs for qualified applicants. Why not see what we can do for you and your group? Call The Rapid at (616) 774-1188.
Also...we have a great program for employers who want to subsidize their workers' vanpools.