The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is transitioning from using agency-owned fleet to the Valley Metro vanpool program. Currently, there are 70 ADC employees in seven vans traveling to Lewis Prison. During the next year, it is anticipated that the program will increase to more than 300 officers traveling in Valley Metro vanpools. Besides trip reduction, one of the biggest benefits is helping reduce employee travel costs.
Vanpooling is a cost-saving commute alternative for qualifying groups of 6-15 commuters. Valley Metro provides the vans that are driven by one of the vanpool members. Passengers share the cost of gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance costs. Valley Metro’s vanpool program, which includes nearly 400 vans, saves $288,600 in fuel and 4,800 pounds of pollution every month.
“Employees from ADC will save money annually on the maintenance and insurance costs,” said Matthew Hanson, Assistant Director for Arizona Department of Administration Office of Grants and Federal Resources.
The vanpool program helps ADC employees commute from various locations in Maricopa County to the Lewis, Florence and Eyman prisons.
“I like having the company,” said Jack Tolbert, ADC correctional officer. “I enjoy the people I ride with. We get to talk, listen to music or even nap. It’s really nice after a long day at work.”
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2018, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Six high capacity transit extensions are under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. In October 2017, the Boards approved a “Respect the Ride” Code of Conduct, focusing on creating a safe and positive rider experience, while also discouraging disruptive, intrusive, unsafe or inappropriate behaviors in a public setting. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.