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Star Vanpool Now Serving Commuters Between Energy Corridor and Southern Colorado Valley Counties

Star Vanpool Now Serving Commuters Between Energy Corridor and Southern Colorado Valley Counties

Vanpooling – known to lower personal transportation costs, while reducing  traffic congestion and air pollution – is now available between The Energy Corridor and counties in Southern Colorado Valley.

Energy Corridor commuters from Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton counties can now form vanpools via the STAR service.  These STAR vanpool routes require that riders live in the same area, work at the Energy Corridor and have similar work schedules. 

By its nature, vanpooling lowers personal transportation costs, saving money on fuel and vehicle maintenance. But, to lower costs even further, incentives are available through STAR.

Plus, many employers also help underwrite Energy Corridor commutes. Further, employers and employees pay no taxes on money contributed to vanpool costs up to $245 per month.

STAR Vanpool routes can be started with as few as three passengers in a five-passenger sedan, such as a Chevy Impala, or five-plus passengers in a van. Larger eight-, nine-, 12- and 15-passenger vans are available. The more passengers sharing a vehicle, the lower the cost to the individual riders. One rider must volunteer and qualify to be the driver.

“This vanpool service could be a valuable benefit to many in The Energy Corridor by  lowering gas and other transportation costs to and from work,” explains Landis Wyatt, with the Colorado Valley Transportation Authority (CVTA). “It could be like giving yourself a raise.  And, it could make life easier  by providing more reliable and comfortable transportation.”

The program is offered through a Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) grant from the Texas Department of Transportation awarded to the Colorado Valley Transit District.

STAR vanpool representatives are available to meet with interested employees. For more information, contact Landis Wyatt, (713) 277-4956, or lwyatt@starvanpool.com.

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