Vanpool - Start a Vanpool

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Starting a vanpool is easy. When you start or register your vanpool with 511, our vanpool consultants will help you:

  • Determine feasibility and coordinate formation meetings
  • Lease a van with a preferred vendor
  • Recruit back-up drivers and passengers
  • Acquire discounted parking permits for Oakland and San Francisco
  • Access free bridge tolls (11 - 15-seat vanpools)

511 also provides:

  • Free DMV record-check for full-size vans
  • Partial medical exam reimbursements ($75 each/up to two drivers per van) for full-size (11-15 passenger) vans

A few things you'll need:

  • Seven passengers (including the driver)
  • Register with the 511 RideMatch Service and select the "yes" options under
    "Do you drive a vanpool?"
  • Completed vanpool forms (see right)

Questions? Call a vanpool consultant or log on to the 511 RideMatch Service and register.

Michelle Mah
Vanpool Consultant

Solano/Napa Counties

Paulette Cooper
Vanpool Specialist

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Vanpool Forms and Information



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