Tulsa, Oklahoma — Transportation is one of the biggest challenges some of our area job seekers face. They have the skills but lack the ability to get to the work opportunities due to unreliable transportation or the inability to take public transit to specific areas of the city. Tulsa area businesses are helping create a solution by participating in Tulsa’s first Vanpool project, which ensures employees arrive on-time each day. This is a huge advantage for companies, many of whom struggle to fill the jobs they’re creating. S&R Compression is the first employer to opt-in to this pilot project and will be hosting a press conference.
Please join us for the press conference on July 10th at 10:30 am at their facility, 4234 S Jackson Ave. in Tulsa.
The Vanpooling project is a collaborative effort of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Workforce Tulsa, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, The Center for Employment Opportunities, Women in Recovery, Madison Strategies, and the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Skills Centers. The collaborative’s main priority was connecting workers to companies with job opportunities.
The project is funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Way, and federal and local transportation funding facilitated by INCOG.
Though new to Tulsa, vanpooling is a tried and true method of transportation in other areas. Our partner, vRide is the nation’s largest private provider of vanpooling services, with over 7,500 vans on the road today.
The model is simple. One participant drives the 15-passenger van, picks up all the others and drives them to work. The driver will do the reverse at the end of the shift. The driver generally rides for free and may use the van for personal use.
VRide covers all liability, and there are potential tax advantages for businesses who participate. The Vanpool will not be duplicating any existing service in the area of employer locations. Companies who are interested in their employees joining a vanpool should call Crystal Scarborough at 918.796.1234.