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Vanpool Program

Two people chatting during their vanpool commute

 
Vanpooling by the Numbers
>2,900 Vanpools in service statewide
8
Average number of people in a vanpool
22
Number of transit agencies in Washington operating vanpool fleets
>19,500
Number of vehicle trips reduced by vanpooling each workday
       Statistics through Dec. 2015

Puget Sound Leads the Nation

The Puget Sound region leads the nation in vanpooling with more than 2,200 vans rolling each weekday. The oldest and largest public vanpool network in North America, it includes programs operated by six transit agencies:



VanShare

King County Metro bridges the gap between your transit stop and work or home with VanShare. The program provides the vans that get commuters from the station or transit center to their final destination.

Commuters, employers and agencies that operate and support vanpool programs in Washington have built the largest public vanpool fleet in North America, setting a national model for vanpooling.

Nearly 20,000 commuters—including many with long commutes—choose to vanpool regularly. They avoid the stress and expense of driving and get access to HOV lanes, preferred parking and, in many cases, employer-provided vanpool fare subsidies.

Hundreds of companies in Washington support vanpooling because it helps reduce parking costs, retain employees, earn tax benefits and meet commute trip reduction and sustainability goals.

Since 2003, vanpools in Washington have increased by more than 90 percent  a net increase of more than 1,500 vanpools. In 2009 and 2010, vanpool growth flattened primarily due to the Great Recession. Since then a slow but steady economic recovery has spurred vanpool growth in the state. Increases in traffic congestion (especially in busy corridors) have also added to vanpool growth.

Vanpool Investment Program

In 2003, the Washington State Legislature created a vanpool grant program to help public transit agencies expand vanpooling and make it more appealing to commuters. Between 2003 and 2015, the state provided more than $50 million to local transit agencies through this program. Agencies have purchased more than 1,800 vans with state funds (with an additional 252 vans purchased during the 2013-2105 biennium). These funds augmented millions of dollars invested by local transit agencies, employers and commuters.

Regional Vanpool Programs

Vanpools are good for business
Employers across the state say it's just good business to offer workers full or partial monthly vanpool fare subsidies. Not only does it save employees out-of-pocket commute costs, it helps employers meet them meet their commute trip reduction requirements.


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