- Getting Around
Welcome Smart CommuterWhether 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-, 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!
- 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.
- Map your route. Decide where you will pick up riders, and the route you will travel to get to work.
- 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."
In The News
24-Year Vanpooler Appreciation!
A 24-year veteran Pierce Transit vanpooler who recently retired spoke at a Tacoma Public Utility Board meeting. He wanted to thank them for their commitment to public transportation, relieving congestion and improving the environment. Not only was he grateful because he enjoyed vanpooling with his coworkers, but he SAVED SO MUCH MONEY!
Watch and imagine what vanpooling can do for your commute!
Better Together: Sharing the Ride with Pierce Transit Vanpool
South Sound Talk
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