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Vanpool Rewards

vanpoolStart a new vanpool group or join an active vanpool as a new rider and your first month is free.

There is no catch. When you start vanpooling with Pierce Transit, we’ll cover your first month. This includes all fuel, insurance, and vehicle maintenance. After that, continue vanpooling for a low monthly fare.

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*New groups and new riders are those who have not been Pierce Transit Vanpool participants within the last 12 months. The free month concludes at the end of the calendar month regardless of the start date during the month.


It pays to vanpool with Pierce Transit! Here are the ways you can earn a few extra rewards.

 

NEW RIDER INCENTIVE

Now is a great time to start vanpooling with Pierce Transit! Start a new group or join an active vanpool as a full-time rider and you’ll receive a $100 Amazon gift code (in addition to your first month free)!

You read that right. When you start vanpooling with Pierce Transit we’ll send you a $100 Amazon gift code. You can search for an active vanpool that matches your commute or start a new group at PTVanpool.com.

RECRUITING INCENTIVE

Get paid to recruit new vanpoolers! Refer a new rider to Pierce Transit Vanpool and you’ll receive a $100 Amazon gift code.

There are several ways to recruit new riders to vanpool. Visit our How to Recruit Vanpool Riders page to learn more. Remember to have new riders list you as the person who referred them to Pierce Transit when they sign up to start vanpooling at PTVanpool.com.

DRIVER INCENTIVE

Become an approved vanpool driver and you’ll receive a $100 Amazon gift code and be entered to win one of four $250 Amazon gift codes. Apply now at PTVanpool.com.

Our valued group of volunteer drivers is critical to the success of Pierce Transit Vanpool. Becoming a vanpool driver is a great way to support your group and ensure your vanpool operates each workday. Plus, there are several added benefits to becoming a driver. Primary drivers do not pay a fare if there are at least five fare-paying members in the group and they can use the vehicle for things that are incidental to the commute, such as an appointment during work hours or stopping by the gym on the way home.

Available to participants who have been vanpooling for at least three months.

PARK AT HOME INCENTIVE

Start parking your vanpool vehicle at home and you’ll receive a $200 Amazon gift code and be entered to win one of two $250 Amazon gift codes.

Parking your vanpool vehicle at home is a safe and convenient option for our drivers. If you haven’t already started parking at home and would like to start, please contact us at Vanpool@PierceTransit.com to adjust your route and starting location. You can also call us at 253.581.8000, option 3 then 2.

Available to participants who have been vanpooling for at least three months.

*All gift code rewards are available through June 30, 2023 while supplies last.

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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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