Vanpool Promo

What is Vanpool?

A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people who share their work commute. Riders pay a low monthly fare and enjoy a cost-effective, safe, reliable commute.

Vanpooling Saves You Money

Vanpooling is an affordable solution to fight today’s expensive commuting costs. According to AAA, it costs an average of 58.99¢ per mile* (effective 2018) to operate a personal vehicle, and we’re not talking SUVs! Multiply that by your yearly commute miles and the total cost can be staggering.


*Exchange.aaa.com

Enjoy the Benefits!

Many employers provide incentives for vanpooling ranging from a few dollars to a full fare subsidy, and offer preferential parking. Ask your employer about their Commute Trip Reduction program.

In addition to enjoying the possible benefit of an employer subsidy, you will also:

  • Save money
  • Reduce wear and tear on your car
  • Reduce commuting stress
  • Access HOV lanes

Low Monthly Fares

Vanpool fares are based on the van’s daily round trip mileage and the number of riders in the van. Fares cover the costs of operating the vanpool, including fuel, insurance and maintenance.

Go ahead and sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

5 FREE TO GO

Vanpool 5 free to goFREE TO GO offers new, qualifying trial users up to 5 free vanpool rides. We figure once you try vanpooling, you will decide it’s the only Way to Go!

Here's how it works:

  • To qualify for FREE TO GO, the rider must be a new, trial vanpool rider who has not ridden Pierce Transit vanpool in the previous 12 months.
  • The offer is good on Pierce Transit vanpools only.
  • All rides must be taken in the same calendar month.
  • The trial user must complete a participant agreement before riding.
  • Once the 5 rides are used, the trial rider either joins the vanpool as a regular monthly rider or discontinues riding.

Note:  Once you've used the 5 free rides, if you decide to join the vanpool, pay either the monthly fare or the daily fare for any additional rides in the month, whichever is less. The 5 free days may not be applied toward a reduction in the monthly fare.

Contact us or any Pierce Transit vanpool bookkeeper for more FREE TO GO information.

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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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