Whiddon has found another advantage to vanpooling - camaraderie. He and his fellow commuters have become tight-knit despite losing some riders and gaining new ones over time.
"We have a good group," Whiddon said. "We kid each other a lot and have a good time. One of the keys to making it successful is that we have five people that can drive. We take turns. That way if someone's out for whatever reason, somebody else can take over."
Kaplan isn't sure how Indianapolis compares to other similar-size cities in car and vanpooling ridership.
"We're pleased with the growth we've experienced in the last year," she said. "But we also know that there's tremendous room for growth."
For more information on Commuter Connect, call 327-7433 or visit the website at CommuterConnect.us.