Portland-Bates Community Vanpool

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In 2013, a group of Bates employees living in Greater Portland launched the Bates Community Vanpool.

A cross between a carpool and public transit, the vanpool gives riders a respite from commuting fatigue, and saves them money and wear on their cars. “It’s a great social scene, although riders also often choose to work, read or listen to music,” adds one rider. Join our community of faculty, staff and sometimes even students who come to Bates on the van!

Schedule & Route

Through rain, through snow, through sun and gloom of darkness … the van runs Monday-Friday.

Portland to Bates Departs Arrives
Marginal Way park & ride lot 7am
Falmouth Hannaford park & ride lot, Rte. 100
(available by request)
7:12am
Bates Alumni Gym, Central Ave. 7:55am

 

Bates to Portland Departs Arrives
Bates Alumni Gym, Central Ave. 5pm
Falmouth Hannaford park & ride lot, Rte. 100 5:35pm
Marginal Way park & ride lot 5:50pm

Flexible Riding Options

MONTHLY SEAT
We offer monthly seats for those with a regular schedule. Many staff members ride full time (5 days/week), while faculty members teaching only on certain days ride part time (2–4 days/week). This is the most economical option.

10-ROUNDTRIP TICKET
We know many folks have crazy schedules and that a full-time or even part-time monthly seat won’t work for everyone. Therefore, we offer a flexible option: The 10-Roundtrip Ticket. This punch card allows you to ride any 10 days that work for your schedule.

DROP-INS
For those who need to catch an occasional ride, we welcome drop-ins.

Rates

Except for drop-in riders, payments are deducted through Bates payroll on a pre-tax basis, making for even greater savings.

Full-time Seat
5 days/week = $150, paid monthly

Part-time Seat
4 days/week = $120, paid monthly
3 days/week = $90, paid monthly
2 days/week = $60, paid monthly

One Time
10-Roundtrip Ticket = $80
Drop-in Rider = $10 (cash due on the day of travel)

How to Join

All riders must complete a Rider Agreement and Payroll Deduction Authorization form. Send both forms to Doug Hubley at dhubley@bates.edu or in campus mail (Doug Hubley, Bates Communications Office).

The Bates vanpool also welcomes non-Bates commuters who work near campus. Contact Doug Hubley for more information.

Rent the Van for Day Trips!

The van is parked at Bates 8am–5pm every weekday. Faculty and staff who take students off campus or who travel in a group to a meeting can rent the van. Why go off campus to find a rental van when we have a van you can rent here? Based on a sliding scale, vanpool daily rental rates are $50–$80.