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Community Van

What is the Community Van Program? 

We recognize that transportation solutions go beyond our fixed route bus service and vanpool. The Community Van program provides passenger vans to Pierce County organizations and businesses to help meet their transportation needs. Vans are provided on a month-to-month basis for a low mileage rate.  

How much does a Community Van cost?

It only costs $1.07 per mile to operate a community van, which includes maintenance and fuel. The minimum monthly charge is $50.

Get Started Today!

If your organization would like more information on Community Vans for use with clientele or customers, please fill out the Community Van Interest Form to give us some information about your transportation needs.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Commute Solutions at 253.983.3792 or commutesolutions@piercetransit.org.

Forms

Click here to view a sample Agreement Form.

Click here for the Driver and Bookkeeper Application.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What size of vans are available for the Community Van program?

    15 passenger vans.

    Who drives a Community Van?

    The organization or business requesting a Community Van provides the driver. Drivers must complete an application and be approved by Pierce Transit before operating the van. Pierce Transit provides the required training at no cost. 

  • Are Community Vans wheelchair accessible?

    While most of our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible, we do have a limited number that are. Please let us know if your program requires a wheelchair accessible vehicle and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

  • Can a Community Van be used to transport goods or meals?

    Since Community Vans are a form of public transportation, they must be used to transport people. 

  • Who provides insurance for a Community Van?

    When you submit your Community Van interest form, Pierce Transit will determine what level of insurance the agency can provide, and what level of insurance your organization or business will be required to provide.

  • Can children be transported in a Community Van?

    Due to insurance requirements, children 16 and younger must be transported in a vehicle with no more than 10 seats, including the driver. We do have a limited number of smaller vehicles available for transporting children. Please let us know if you plan to transport children and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

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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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