Join the Group - Vanpool
Why put miles on your personal car, when you can put them on a transit-owned van? Groups of five or more people pay monthly fares that cover gas, insurance, maintenance and even 24-hour roadside assistance.
Washington State has more public vanpools than anywhere in the country. Vanpools eliminate more than 12,400 vehicles every day from the region's crowded roadways, reducing single-lane traffic by about 6.3 hours during each commute period.
A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 sharing the ride in a van provided by a transit agency. Transit agencies own, maintain, manage, insure and license the van. Each vanpool needs a volunteer driver, back-up driver and a bookkeeper, and a minimum of 5 riders. You don’t have to all work at the same place, but it helps to have start and end points that are near other riders.
You can start a new vanpool by contacting Pierce Transit. To find riders, talk to co-workers or hang the "Riders Wanted" flyer (PDF) in your workplace.
Or, you can join an existing vanpool by contacting the driver.
RideshareOnline.com can also help you hook up with all regional vans operating in your area based on your work schedule and location.
Your vanpool fare covers all operating costs, including gas, insurance, maintenance, and 24 hour support. Check the Pierce Transit Fare Sheet to get an idea of the fare based off your round-trip miles and number of riders in the van. Some employers offer a subsidy or reimbursement for fares. Many employers who provide ORCA cards cover the entire fare. Check with your employer to find out what kinds of benefits they provide employees.
Don't Just Save, Win!
You can save some cash by riding in a vanpool. Check out this calculator to see how much. Even better, if you log your trips in the Pierce Trips Calendar you can win great prizes.
There are vanpool experts to help get you started. Check with the Pierce Transit Vanpool Staff for support and answers to your commuter questions.
Emergency Ride Home
If your employer partners with Pierce Transit and you use a smart commute option to get to work, you may be eligible for a free taxi ride home in case of an emergency. Visit Pierce Trips’ Emergency Ride Home page for more information or contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.