Start a New Vanpool

Thank you for your interest in Pierce Transit Vanpool. The convenience and ease of sharing the ride, combined with the economic benefits, make vanpooling a great alternative to driving alone.

Our commuter vanpools serve groups traveling to and from work. Vanpool participants pay a low monthly fare based on the average daily roundtrip mileage and the number of monthly riders in the group. Fares cover fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

Start a Vanpool

  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.

Need help finding riders? Visit RideshareOnline.com, our ridematching database, to find potential vanpoolers. Get instant results when you search.  You can also reach us toll-free at 888.814.1300.

For more info on starting a new vanpool group, call 253.581.8000, Option 3, then Option 2.

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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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