15,000 South Bay commuters who use the MAX (Municipal Area Express) may be affected by route eliminations, or at least fare hikes. Vanpools are an excellent alternative. Qualified vanpools receive a $400 subsidy every month to help defray the cost; they are an efficient and economical way of commuting to work and they save the participants money! Metro will help coordinate the details. It doesn't cost anything to find out about how it works. So why wait? To schedule a vanpool meeting at your business, please call SBESC at (310) 371-7222 and ask for either Martha (x 209) or Grace (x 206).