Green Commuter has launched six all-electric vanpools through Metro’s subsidised programme in a contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Green Commuter maintains it is the first US-based company to offer electric vehicles for public transit vanpool projects. In 2018, the company was approved as a vendor through Metro’s Vanpool Supplier Bench programme.

The agency’s vanpool project offers a ridesharing option to around 10,000 commuters.

For more than ten years Metro has operated one of the largest vanpool programmes in the US. Green Commuter’s zero-emission vehicles offered through Metro’s programme serve six groups commuting from Los Angeles County origin points including Redondo Beach, Palmdale, Rancho Cucamonga and Corona del Mar.

Incorporating electric vehicles into Metro’s vanpool programme fulfils a goal outlined in the Metro Vision 2028 Strategic Plan. The first goal of that plan is to: ‘Provide high-quality mobility options that enable people to spend less time travelling.’ 

“The Metro Vanpool Programme is one of the largest publicly funded vanpool programmes in the country and helps thousands of people travel to and from work each day,” said LA County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl.

“These new electric vanpool vehicles make for a truly green commute. Overall, our programme is helping take 6,000 cars off the road every weekday and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Green Commuter is on track to deploy additional vanpools in the coming year for a total expanded fleet size of 82 units by the end of 2019.

Metro has around 1,300 total vanpools. Its Vanpool programme was started in 2007