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CU-Boulder has launched CU Commute, a social platform that networks users by alternative methods of transportation. CU Commute offers incentives, prizes, and a trip tracker for folks who use alternative methods of transportation. It's simple. Have a car? Split the costs by driving fellow CU-Boulder community members. Don't have a car? Find a ride where you need to go. You save money, protect the environment, and gain access to priority carpool parking and many other benefits when you share your ride. For more information on CU Commute.

Vanpooling to CU-Boulder

Vanpooling is a great option if your commute is 12 miles or more, your work day starts or ends when RTD’s buses aren’t running or you just don’t live near bus service.  Understanding the benefits of vanpooling CU-Boulder and the City of Boulder have combined forces to provide subsidies to make it more affordable and accessible for everyone commuting to CU Boulder.

What is a Vanpool?

A group of 5-8 people share a van provided by a commuter organization. Members generally share similar commutes and schedules.  Driving responsibilities and meeting locations can be shared and/or negotiated amongst eligible riders. 

What’s in it for you? 

If you currently drive, you’ll save hundreds of dollars a year.  Current CU-Boulder vanpoolers in the vRide program are saving an average of $375 a year in gas costs alone. 

Your monthly fee covers:

  • A van (or a ride in one)
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance
  • No-charge parking – vanpool parking permit provided for campus lots 
  • Guaranteed Ride Home - Emergency while at work? Take a free cab ride home as part of the Guaranteed Ride Home program
  • 24 hour roadside assistance
  • One no-charge day-long parking permit per month for days you need to drive your personal vehicle (plus 3 additional permits per month at a reduced cost)

Other Benefits of Vanpooling

  • vRide participants (staff paid monthly) are eligible for payroll deduction
  • No wear and tear on your personal vehicle
  • Reduces traffic and impact of your commute on the environment
  • It's less stressful than driving alone
  • You're allowed free access to HOV lane

Vanpool Providers / Areas

  • Denver Metro area – WaytoGo – vRide vanpool program
    CU-Boulder staff (those paid monthly) pay only $50 a month, while temporary staff can vanpool for just $65 a month
  • Northern Front RangeSmartTrips – VanGo members save $20 a month thanks to a subsidy from GO Boulder. Monthly fees per rider vary based on origin and destination.

Getting Started

We can help!  While giving up your car may seem daunting, we are here to answer questions and make the process as easy and understandable as possible.  

Contact: Clark Rider
Sustainable Transportation Coordinator
CU-Boulder Parking & Transportation Services
Email: buffscommute@colorado.edu
Desk: 303-735-7874

Parking Permits

For permit information for carpools and vanpools, visit our carpool permit page.