Welcome Smart Commuter

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN 2016!!

Whether you want to save money on your commute or help the environment, you've come to the right place. 

The convenience and ease of sharing the ride makes vanpooling a great alternative to driving alone. 
Vanpooling saves you gas money and wear and tear on your personal vehicle.  It also reduces pollution, congestion, and the need to build new roads. 

A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people sharing the ride in a 7-, 8-, 12-, or 15-passenger van.  Our vanpools serve groups traveling to and from work, whose trip origin or destination is within Pierce County.  Vanpoolers pay a low monthly fare that covers fuel, maintenance and insurance costs.

Join an existing vanpool or form your own group - it's simple!

Vanpool riders pay a low monthly fare based on round trip commute miles and number of monthly riders. The primary driver's fare is usually free in exchange for operating the van. Fares cover the costs of operating the van, including fuel, maintenance and insurance.

Check out our commuter vanpool Vanpool Fares to determine how much your fare would be. 

We may already have a van on the road that fits your needs!  Call 253.581.8000, Option 3, then Option 2

No current vanpools work for you?  Visit RideshareOnline.com to find possible vanpool and/or carpool partners.  Get instant results when you search.  Or, we can run a ridematch for you and return results within 2 business days.

Vans Available Now!

Check out our REWARDS page to see our latest rewards for joining vanpool! Click HERE to start saving and enjoy your commute! Our vanpools serve groups traveling to and from work, whose trip origin or destination is within Pierce County.

Forming a new vanpool group is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Get your group.  Find 4+ others who work with (or near) you and also live near you.  Provide us with signed participant agreements from each of them.  Each vanpool group also needs at least 3 volunteers:  2 drivers and 1 bookkeeper.  The bookkeeper can be one of the drivers.  We provide the required bookkeeper and driver applications and the training.
  2. Map your route. Decide where you will pick up riders, and the route you will travel to get to work.
  3. Find your fares.  Fares are based on your work schedule (5-day, 4/10's, etc.), the number of people in your group, and the roundtrip mileage.


Our recruitment team will guide you through the rest of the process.

                                                                                                                                    
Try Pierce Transit Vanpool FREE for five days, on us! Contact us HERE to find out more.

Testimonial:

"My vanpool coordinator is very informative, helpful and sweet person. I am impressed that the vehicles are taken care of regularly so I never worry about mechanical problems. I am very satisfied overall with all aspects of my vanpooling experience and always look to recommend this mode of transportation to others."

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Trip Planner Help

Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

Addresses

  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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