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Employee Transportation Program is increasing the employee vanpool and vanshare benefit – the monthly fare is now covered 100% for one year!

Starting January 1, 2022, King County employees may start or join a King County Metro Vanpool or Vanshare with 3 or more participants and the cost will be covered 100% by the Employee Transportation Program (ETP).

Metro is temporarily reducing the ridership requirements from 5 participants to 3 or more participants so more groups may take advantage of this commuter opportunity. Groups of five or more are still encouraged as we have vans that can accommodate more than a dozen commuters! In addition, for downtown core locations the parking cost for the vans may also be covered. The subsidy will remain $65 per month for other public transit vanpools.

There are nearly 30 existing Metro Commuter Vans from various King County Departments traveling to worksites ranging from downtown Seattle, transit bases to KC Roads facilities throughout the County. The King County Safety Survey highlighted employee’s interests in a shared ride option for commuting into downtown Seattle. As a result of the survey and support from ETP, the Executive’s Office approved continuing the 100% subsidy for employees commuting in a Metro Commuter Van through December 2022.

Here is how it works:

If you are a current participant in a Metro Vanpool or Vanshare group, all you need to do is to read the Employee Transportation Program Vanpool Rules, then complete and send the Acknowledgment Form (last page) to hossein.barahimi@kingcounty.gov. Your van bookkeeper will submit their paperwork as they always have and the Metro commuter van program will send their bill to cover your vanpool costs, directly to the Employee Transportation Program for you. Any transportation benefit amount in excess of the IRS limit, $280.00 per month for 2022, is taxable income and will show in the employee’s W-2.

  • If you are interested in forming a new Metro Vanpool or Vanshare, find two other commuters and start discussing the logistics – driver/bookkeeper roles, route, work hours, etc.  To learn more and start the process visit www.kingcounty.gov/metrovans
  • To find an existing Metro commuter van, please visit www.RideshareOnline.com and create a trip to search for a van for your commute.
  • Need more information? Call me, Hossein Barahimi, at 206-477-5853 or email me at Hossein.Barahimi@kingcounty.gov

Learn more information about your employee transportation benefits.


ID/ORCA card holders are available

ID/card holder

If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA card holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get one:

  1. Stop by to the ID & Access Control Office:

    King County Admin Building
    500 4th Avenue, Room 312
    The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

  2. Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.

Important tips

Remember this when you must use your vehicle

  • Idling = zero MPG
  • Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save gas, money, and the air we breathe.
  • Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting your engine.
  • Improve health—Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer risk.
  • Help the environment—Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air-toxic and global-warming pollution.

Common myths

It’s best for my car engine to warm up before driving.
False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.

In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. In today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.

Ask Hossein!

Your Employee Transportation
Program Manager:

Hossein Barahimi
206‑477‑5853

Or email
ETP@kingcounty.gov