Welcome To Vanshare

Tired of circling for parking hoping to find that one last space? Search no more. Vanshare is your solution!

What is vanshare?

Vanshare is a Pierce Transit service that bridges the gap for commuters who take the bus or train most of the way to work.  If you need help getting from home to the transit station, or from the transit station to work, just connect and go with vanshare!

  • Vanshares can start with five participants
  • Monthly fare is $145 split among participants
  • Daily round trip of 30 miles or less
  • There is currently no charge to park at Sound Transit and Pierce Transit facilities.
  • Use the van to run errands - Additional charges apply

Here’s what your vanshare fare covers:

  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Reserved parking at commuter station




FORMING A NEW VANSHARE IS EASY!

  1. Find a minimum of five participants to start a vanpool
  2. Provide us with signed participant agreements from each rider, driver applications, and a bookkeeper acceptance form. These can be found on our Forms & Resources page.
  3. Decide on your route, pick-up points, and schedule.
  4. Start your commute! Save money and time with premium parking!

To start a new vanshare, call 253.581.8000, select Option 3, then Option 2 or email vanpool@piercetransit.org.

Need help finding riders? Word of month is the best way, so talk to friends and coworkers. You can also post a "Riders Wanted" sign at work, or visit RideshareOnline.com, our ridematching database, to find potential riders. Get instant results when you search.


Vanshare FAQ

  • Who can drive the van?

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    All drivers must have five years of recent driving history, a valid driver license, a safe driving record, and proof of insurability. All potential drivers must also successfully complete Pierce Transit’s online defensive driving course.

  • Who can ride in the van?

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    Any commuter who is over 18 years of age and has registered with the vanshare can reserve a seat in the vehicle.

  • Is there a limit to the number of miles the group can travel to or from the Sounder Station?

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    Yes. Vanshares can serve groups that travel 30 or less round trip miles per day.

  • Who maintains and insures the vehicle?

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    Pierce Transit.

  • Can I operate a vanshare vehicle from my home to the Tacoma Dome Station or a Sounder Station?

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    Yes. As long as the round trip mileage remains at 30 miles or less per day and Pierce Transit approves the parking location

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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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