PAGE – The public is invited to learn about a commuter vanpool this evening at the Courtyard by Marriott.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. today (May 30).
The commuter vanpool, or the Mountain Line Vanpool, can benefit one’s business and its employees, according to Coconino County District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler.
Vanpool is similar to carpooling, but instead of employees using their own vehicle, Mountain Line provides the vanpool group with a vehicle through Enterprise Rideshare.
“The van service provides transportation for employees to be able to get to work safely,” Fowler told the Lake Powell Chronicle. “Studies in Coconino County show the average commute is over 50 miles a day.”
Fowler says what she’s learned here is there are people who hitchhike daily from Dennehotso, Arizona, which is about 123 miles north east of Page; Tuba City, Cow Springs (near Tonalea-Red Lake, Arizona; and from the outlying communities to get to work in Page.
“So, I thought by introducing this program to the businesses and to the (Lake Powell) communities, it might help employers and its employees with transportation issues,” Fowler explained.
Vanpooling can save employees thousands of dollars each year in transportation costs. It also helps with employee recruitment and retention, greater productivity at work, and reduce parking demand at the work place, according to Fowler’s office.
Fowler said the benefit to employers is employees who use a vanpool are more likely to be on time and have a better attendance record.
Estella Hollander, a mobility planner at Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, will be at the meeting to present.