Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ …
Keep That Van Pool Rollin'
17 years later Jackson 1 still keeps riders happy
Jackson 1—the University’s longest running van pool—has carried passengers from the Medical Center to Jackson and back, five days a week for about 17 years. Though its passengers have changed with the times, the concept and benefits of van pooling have not.
“When I first considered giving up my independence by not driving myself, I wasn’t sure how it would work out,” says Pam Little, administrative associate in the Office of Continuing Medical Education. “Here I am 17 years later and I could not be happier!” For Little and the five other riders, Jackson 1 is a blessing, particularly because it’s hard for her to drive in the dark.
“I have trouble seeing long distances in the dark at night,” she says. “If I had to drive myself in the winter months, it would be very nerve-racking for me.”
Other benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions because fewer cars are on the road, to decreased oil and gas consumption and reduced wear and tear on vehicles. The savings and benefits run the gamut for Jackson 1—and all van pool—riders.
For Ollie Frye Lyons, a greeter and transporter in the CVC information area, riding Jackson 1 gives her a peaceful break.
“I’ve been riding in this van pool for 10 years. I care deeply about the patients and visitors I meet and work for on a daily basis. I’m very grateful for the availability of this program because it relieves the stress and pressure of driving and the savings make it so much easier on the pocketbook.”
In addition to Lyons and Little, Jackson 1 riders include:
- Susan Hale, administrative assistant, Neurology
- Debra Herrst, medical assistant, Transplant Center
- Monica Jenkins, administrative assistant, Food Procurement
- Sue Nichols, medical assistant specialist, Otolaryngology
New van pools and existing van pools seeking new riders are announced in the Daily Bulletin regularly. You can also visit the Parking and Transportation Services Web site for a campus-wide list of van pools (look in the Alternative Transportation section).
Van pool quick facts:
- If each of van pool rider drove his/her own car to work five days a week, his/her total greenhouse gas emissions would be about 127,427 pounds per year. By riding the van, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to 21,238 pounds per year (Check your emissions using the EPA’s personal emissions calculator).
- Fewer cars on the road means decreased oil and gas consumption.
- Riders pay only a monthly fee plus the cost of gas.
- Vans get a designated parking space.
- Sharing a ride decreases wear and tear on your personal vehicle.
Celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22, by becoming a Health System Environmental or Transportation Steward. Visit the Hall of Stewards to learn more.