The CalVans Joint Powers Agency was formally established in January 2012 as a public transit agency with Board Members representing 10 agencies. The CalVans Board is made up of a Board member from each of the member agencies. The agency does not require contributions from member agencies, other than the Board Member and Staff time devoted to the monthly meetings. As a public transit agency, CalVans is simply an addition to the public transit options provided to the residents and businesses in the Board Member’s jurisdiction. Guidance and input from each Board member guides CalVans staff in providing vanpool services that benefit each area, particularly those who may have difficulty finding transportation due to economic conditions.
Meetings are held monthly at 10:00 a.m. on the second Thursday. Members call into the meeting from a location of their choice that is open to the public, meetings normally last 30 to 45 minutes. Some meetings are skipped for lack of necessary agenda items.
On November 13, 2014, the CalVans Board approved ICTC as an official member. ICTC has been a de facto partner for the past few years as vanpools have moved to the region for winter work. CalVans staff has currently established an office in El Centro to oversee the project. This will allow CalVans to service the year around request and respond quickly. The Imperial County area is similar in makeup to areas that are successfully served by CalVans. The cost of being in the region will be recovered from those using the program in the area. ICTC recognizes the valuable service that CalVans offers to agricultural workers in Imperial County and the potential for future benefit to the region. Currently, there are 47 vanpools that operate in Imperial and another 60 in Yuma.
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