Although the state has not passed a comprehensive vanpooling statute, it encourages employers to promote ridesharing and provide commuting alternatives for employees. State law defines “ridesharing” as the transportation of employees between their homes and the employer's place of business on a daily, prearranged basis. The program must be a not-for-profit arrangement. There are no special driver licensing or vehicle registration rules for ridesharing (IN Code Sec. 8-2.1-22-2.1).
Indianapolis-based Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS) sponsors IndyGo, a federally funded program offering carpools, vanpools, park and ride lots, reduced fares on busses, and emergency taxi rides home.
CICS has an employer center with many features for businesses, including "how to's," commuter options, employee benefits, and more. Go to http://www.327ride.net
and click on "employer benefits" or call 317-327-7433.
In the northern part of the state, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District runs the South Shore commuter rail line to Chicago in conjunction with Metrail. It offers a Transit Check program that allows employers to pay all or part of employees' monthly train fairs as a nontaxable benefit, or for employees to have the cost of tickets deducted pretax from their paychecks. For information, go to http://www.nictd.com
. The website also has resources such as a commuter match, commuter cost calculator, and classified ads for carpools and rides.
The Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) provides alternative commuting programs, such as vanpooling and carpooling, in southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky, and southwestern Ohio, for ...