Vanpool

Ready to try Vanpooling?

Are you ready to try a new way to commute to and from work? PART’s Vanpool Program is the perfect solution for commuters interested in:

  • Finding an economical alternative to driving alone
  • Reducing their environmental footprint
  • FREE and reserved parking on campus
  • Spending their commute doing something other than driving
  • Finding an alternative to Business 40 road closure challenges

How does it work?

WFU in partnership with PART is offering groups of faculty & staff a chance to try commuting to work by vanpool. This one-day FREE ride will give commuters a chance to understand what it’s like to share the ride using one of PART’s 7 or 15 passenger vehicles.

  • Interested employees are being asked to complete a brief survey so we can determine an appropriate day, time, and central location to meet.
  • On the selected day for the vanpool “Just Try It” Campaign, a staff member from the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation will drive staff members from the central meeting location to campus.
  • When the work day comes to an end, participating staff will meet the designated driver at the drop off location on campus to be driven back to the central meeting location.

After you “Just Try It”, you will be provided with more detailed information about how it works including the cost for you to vanpool, driver qualifications, and what’s involved in getting a van on the road.

WHO is eligible to “JUST TRY IT”?

We are strategically inviting faculty & staff from key locations to participate. Our focus during the month of November is for commuters from Davie County (27028 & 27006) and Southwest Forsyth County (27012 & 27127).

Interested in trying a vanpool?  If so, CLICK HERE to complete a brief survey to tell us about your commute and help us determine a convenient day for you to “Just Try It”.

Not in these zip codes but interested in vanpooling? CLICK HERE so we can keep your information on file. We’ll notify you when the “Just Try It” campaign comes to your area!

Contact Us

Transportation and Parking Services
Alumni Hall, Building 26, Room 138
336.758.PARK (7275)
parking@wfu.edu

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7244
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Transportation and Parking Services Lobby Hours 
M-Th, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
F, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Shuttle Schedules
View Shuttle Schedules

University Police Escort
336.758.5591

Parking/Citation Inquiries
M-F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
336.758.PARK (7275)

Booted, Towed or Malfunctioning Vehicles
M-F, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
336.758.PARK (7275)

After 5 p.m. and weekends: 336.758.4255 or 336.758.4747

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is vanpooling? How does vanpooling work?

    Traditional vanpooling consists of seven to fifteen passengers who lease a van on a month-to-month basis through PART’s Vanpooling Program. Volunteer drivers pick up others at specific points, drop them off at common sites, and return them to their pickup points at the end of each day.

  • What is the “Just Try It” campaign?

    The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), in cooperation with Wake Forest University, is sponsoring a “Just Try It” campaign to encourage you and your fellow colleagues to vanpool to and from work. This one-day free ride will give commuters a chance to understand what it’s like to share the ride using one of PART’s 7 or 15 passenger vehicles.

    First, all interested employees must complete a brief survey so PART can determine an appropriate day, time, and central location to meet. On the selected day for the Vanpool “Just Try It” Campaign, a staff member from the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation will drive WFU faculty and staff members from the central meeting location to campus. When the work day comes to an end, participating staff will meet the designated driver at the drop off location on campus to be driven back to the central meeting location. After you “Just Try It,” you will be provided with more detailed information about how it works including the cost for you to vanpool, driver qualifications, and what’s involved in getting a van on the road.

  • What are the benefits of vanpooling over commuting in my own car?

    PART’s Vanpool Program is the perfect solution for commuters interested in:

    • Finding an economical alternative to driving alone
    • Reducing their environmental footprint
    • FREE and reserved parking on campus
    • Spending their commute doing something other than driving
    • Finding an alternative to Business 40 road closure challenges
  • What does it cost and what does the price include?

    Before a vanpool starts, the group is required to provide PART with a $300 deposit. Assuming the van is returned in the same condition it is provided, the deposit will be returned to the vanpool group in about 10 business days. The vanpool fare is determined by the number of round trip daily miles the van travels. The fare is then split evenly by the number of participants in the van. The vanpool fare is all-inclusive. It includes the vehicle, gas, insurance, maintenance, and a FREE emergency ride home (ERH).

    Note that there is no cost associated with the “Just Try It” campaign.

  • What if I need access to a car during the workday?

    If you need to travel somewhere beyond the Wake Forest shuttle routes, there are five Zipcars on the Reynolda campus and one at Wake Downtown. Zipcars can be rented by the hour or by the day. Plus, gas & insurance is included. All you need to do is register for Zipcar at Wake Forest.

  • How do I find other employees to vanpool with?

    You can utilize SharetheRideNC to connect with others in your area with the same commute. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

    For the “Just Try It” campaign, PART will organize the logistics. All you need to do is complete a brief survey so PART can determine an appropriate day, time, and central location to meet.