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History of CalVans

When an employee living in Visalia and traveling to Corcoran learned Caltrans was pulling the van they had provided for her commute, she requested assistance. The Board discussed the possibility of acquiring a van for the state employee and her coworkers to use, and approved the purchase with one condition. The Board established that all costs would have to be recouped from those using the vanpool. The endeavor proved both self-sustaining and successful. The project, which began in 2001 with one van, was originally established as an offshoot of Kings Area Rural Transit. (KART) Since then KART has expanded well beyond the boundaries of Kings County and deserved a new name. CalVans has grown to include more than 200 vanpools tailored to meet the needs of commuters, plus nearly 150 vans especially designed for
 farm workers.

History of Agricultural Industries Transportation Services (AITS)

The pilot project known as AITS was established to achieve one simple goal: to provide qualified agricultural workers with safe, affordable vans they could use to drive themselves and others to work. However, government agencies at the federal and state levels regulate farm worker transportation to such a degree that AITS almost didn’t get off the ground. The story behind the development of this essential program is contained in an in-depth historical document available for download here.

With the expansion of both vanpooling programs, and with a growing interest among student populations to rideshare, CalVans has developed this website as a one-stop resource for driving, joining and forming a vanpool in a CalVans vehicle.

CalVans is sponsored by the California Vanpool Authority.

California Counties currently served by CalVans include:
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Tulare, Imperial and Ventura.

If you live and work in California outside the listed counties, we invite you to contact California Vanpool Authority at 866-655-5444 to determine the feasibility of bringing CalVans to your area.


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