van·​pool ˈvan-ˌpül How to pronounce vanpool (audio)
: an arrangement by which a group of people commute to work in a van
vanpooling noun

Examples of vanpool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are increasing vanpool offerings as a cost-effective way to fill gaps in public transit. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 28 Dec. 2022 For years, Nicholas Ramfos, director of transportation operations programs at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, has overseen efforts to reduce congestion and pollution by nudging commuters to hop in a vanpool or on a train. Michael Laris, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2022 To that end, Hobbs' plan set aside about $4 billion for bus, vanpool, and ferry electrification grants while Fey's includes $6 billion for similar projects along with bike and pedestrian crossing grants. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 8 Apr. 2021 Officials also are looking at how to increase carpool and vanpool programs, as well as the use of technologies to discourage solo driving. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2020 Another applicant, OmniRide based in Prince William County, sought funding to support three bus routes and a new vanpool program. Washington Post, 4 July 2020 The flex tag allows carpools, vanpools, motorcycles, and eligible clean air vehicles to travel toll-free in the express lanes with the tag set to the 2 or 3+ position. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, 12 July 2019 For example, in the future the agency could charge more for single-occupancy vehicles than for three-person carpools or vanpools, which already ride for free on the I-85 lanes. David Wickert, ajc, 17 June 2019 The ordinance also would call on the resort to provide access to a vanpool, private bus or passes for mass transit to help employees get to work. Hugo Martin,, 2 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vanpool was in 1973

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“Vanpool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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