CU Transportation supports vanpooling to campus by helping form vans and by providing both monetary subsidies and free parking to make it more affordable and accessible to all staff.

What is a vanpool and is a driver provided?

  • A vanpool is a group of 5-7 people with similar commute routes and work schedules, who share a van 
  • The van is provided by either Way To Go (Denver Metro area) or VanGo (Northern Front Range)
  • The monthly fee covers all costs, including gas, parking, maintenance, insurance, etc.  See below for more details
  • A driver is not provided. Driving responsibilities are shared by at least two or more vanpool members
  • Meet-up location(s), route and driving responsibilities are negotiable 

Why should I vanpool?

Compared to driving, vanpoolers save hundreds of dollars a year in gas, maintenance, and parking fees. 

  • You get the van, or a ride in one. It's like having your own vehicle, but no wear and tear
  • Gas, insurance, roadside assistance and maintenance are paid for
  • Free parking for the van, plus one free one-day parking permit per month for days you need to drive your personal vehicle
  • Guaranteed Ride Home - Emergency while at work? You can take a free cab ride home
  • Paying is easy - Monthly payment is set up via payroll deduction for CU Staff, or online for temporary employees.
  • HOV lane access

What does it cost?

All CU Boulder staff receive $35 in subsidies from CU and the City of Boulder no matter which vanpool program they participate in.

  • Way To Go (Denver Metro area) - $50 per month for most staff.  $20 for Front-line Service Employees (eligibility information can be found on Human Resource’s website). Temporary employees pay $65 a month and must set up an online payment plan.
  • VanGo (Northern Front Range) - Monthly fee is dependent on commute distance from origin to destination. Contact VanGo for pricing. Let them know you are from CU Boulder to get a quote with the CU and City or Boulder incentives deducted.

Get paid! -  Way to Go referral program

  • Get paid $100 to start a new van or refer full vanpool group that joins Way To Go
  • Get paid $20 for referring a friend or coworker who joins a van
  • To be eligible, send referral information to Tim at WayToGo and he will coordinate registration and will provide details on payment.

Contact: Tim Robinson, Outreach Manager at, or call 970-420-9104

Get started

We can help!  Giving up your car may seem daunting but we're here to answer questions and make the process easy and understandable.  Call Clark Rider at 303-735-7874 or email: