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What is CalVans?

It's the California Vanpool Authority or CalVans for short.

What is the purpose/goal of CalVans?

CalVans has one simple goal: to provide qualified agricultural workers with safe, affordable vans they can use to drive themselves and others to work.

What is the cost to the drivers and workers?

A one-time start-up grant provided money to set-up the CalVans program and purchase the 15-passenger vans. The money to sustain and expand the program comes from the riders themselves. Workers pay a modest fee to ride in a CalVans vanpool — often less than others pay to ride in unsafe, unreliable vehicles. The payments cover the Agency’s cost of maintaining and insuring the vans, as well as the cost of replacing them when they wear out. The drivers receive no pay — they’re simply farm workers who volunteer to operate a vanpool and enjoy the benefits of a safe, affordable, reliable commute to work.

Who is the CalVans program sponsored by?

CalVans is a public transit agency represented by the following agencies that comprise its Board of Directors:

Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
Fresno Area Council of Governments
Imperial County Transportation Commission
Kern Council of Governments
Kings County Association of Governments
Madera County Transportation Commission
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
Tulare County Association of Governments
Ventura County Transportation Commission

What is the cost to employers?

Participation in the program is free to employers.

How does the program ensure safety behind the wheel?

Vanpool drivers must have a Class C license, pass a required physical and provide a DMV printout showing proof of a clean driving record. The vans themselves are also equipped for safety. Each one is outfitted with a Global Positioning System, allowing CalVans staff to monitor the driver’s performance and locate the van should an emergency arise. The vans also carry first-aid kits, fire extinguishers and roadside safety items. And for maximum peace of mind, every van in the program is fully covered by a $10 million insurance policy.

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