The Redding Area Bus Authority Introduces RABA Vanpool To Encourage Shared Rides For Commuters In Shasta County, CA

The Redding (CA) Area Bus Authority and Enterprise Mobility have launched a new partnership to move employees within, to, and from Shasta County, CA, by vanpool.

“As businesses in the area grow and commute costs increase, RABA is improving the transit system to attract workers while reducing commuter expenses. In partnership with Commute with Enterprise, RABA continues to provide an innovative and sustainable shared mobility option called RABA Vanpool,” according to a press release. “RABA Vanpool is a coordinated vanpool program available to people who live inside or outside of Shasta County and wish to access jobs in the area. The staff at Commute with Enterprise will coordinate participants who indicate their interest through various channels, including job sites and an online portal.

“The program then matches riders with similar work shifts in similar areas interested in riding together. Each vanpool is customized to the specific needs of the group. Once four or more people are matched, a Commute with Enterprise representative will work with the group to identify needs and provide the right vanpool solution.”

The release added: “Commute with Enterprise provides 7-15 passenger vehicles, insurance, maintenance, an emergency ride-home program, and ongoing support. Sometimes, it’s not cost-effective for RABA to provide a bus route to a particular area, so working with Commute with Enterprise allows RABA to offer a new and efficient commute. Commute with Enterprise brings expertise, scalability, and professionalism to Shasta County to ensure the program’s success.”

“Our new partnership with Enterprise allows RABA Vanpool to support the employment needs of local businesses in our community and connects people to jobs,” John Andoh, Transit Manager for Redding Area Bus Authority, said.

RABA will partially subsidize the vanpool program using State Transit Assistance funds provided by the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. The remaining cost will be split among the employer and/or participants, with each vanpool rider paying a flat monthly fee. Enterprise will provide coordination services, technology, vehicles, liability insurance, scheduled vehicle maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance.

Participants can choose a qualifying vanpool vehicle from Enterprise’s selection of makes and models, including crossovers, SUVs, minivans, and large passenger vans. Vanpoolers may upgrade their vehicles with optional high-end features such as satellite radio and in-vehicle Wi-Fi service. Visit RABAride.com.

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