Valley VanPool is a partnership of Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, the Lane Transit District and the Salem Transit District. Valley VanPool promotes commuter vanpooling and helps form and maintain vanpools. Each van is privately formed and operated (Valley VanPool does not own or operate vans). Think of it as a very large carpool, a "van co-op" or a "vanpooling club" with the riders leasing a van and determining the route, schedule and operating rules. Two national firms (VPSI and Enterprise Rideshare Division) lease vans in the region and the lease includes the vehicle, fuel, insurance, maintenance and an emergency ride home program.
Valley VanPool also administers state and federal grants which reduce the cost of the monthly vanpool lease. Currently 20 vans (9 to 15 passenger vans) operate in the Valley VanPool region.