Methods of Identifying Potential Vanpool Riders

Report No: 77-R40

Published in 1977

About the report:

Identifying potential vanpool riders and matching them to form pools are fundamental tasks in the initiation of a vanpool program. The manner in which these tasks are done will determine the costs and benefits of the program. This report presents the data requirements for a vanpool project and reviews the techniques that may be applied in the identifying and matching processes. Two matching techniques are evaluated; manual and computer. A manual matching system is generally recommended for a company that has fewer than 500 employees, while a larger company which has access to a computer should use a computerized program. All of the matching systems discussed in the report may be successfully used in Virginia, however, modifications may be required to meet particular needs. The employer initiating a program is encouraged to review all available alternatives because to a great extent the success of the program will depend upon the selection of an efficient matching technique.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • George S. Goodwin, R. N. Robertson

Last updated: January 28, 2024

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