Vanpooling in Washington State has reached historic highs - and we already have the biggest public vanpool program in the country. A vanpool is a prearranged group of 5 to 15 people who share their commute. The group enjoys a low monthly fare and a comfortable commute in an 8, 12, or 15 passenger van, usually provided by a local transit authority, nonprofit group or employer. Members - usually co-workers or people who work in the same vicinity - volunteer to drive, fuel and keep the van clean, and schedule maintenance and repair.
Commuting in a vanpool reduces wear and tear on your checkbook, nerves, and car. For many people, vanpooling offers other benefits:
• More personal or work time
• Possible subsidy with tax benefits
• Your transit system or employer may offer a Guaranteed Ride Home
• Possible preferential parking
• Potential to bike and vanpool
A carpool is a group of two or more people who commute to work or other destina- tions together in a private vehicle. Carpool members work out their own agreements on who drives and how often, schedules, and payments for gas and maintenance. To find vanpool or carpool partners, check with: www.RideshareOnline.com or call 888-814-1300. Serving Benton, Clallam, Franklin, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Island, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.