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ETP program is increasing the employee vanpool and vanshare benefit – the monthly fare is now covered 100% for one year!

Starting October 1st, the King County Employee Transportation Program (ETP) will cover the Metro Vanpool or Vanshare program for all King County employees who choose to form a new group or participant in an existing Metro vanpool or vanshare group. 

This is a one year pilot program that is available to all King County employees receiving transportation benefits!

Currently, the King County ETP provides $65 per month towards the cost of your vanpool.  ETP has always provided a vanpool subsidy to King County employees, but now we are offering our employees a 100% Metro Vanpool and Vanshare subsidy. 

KC provides transportation benefits through the ORCA business program that covers 100% fares for ORCA regional partners (KC Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, et at) to ride the bus, train, light rail, foot ferry, fast ferry and streetcar. This one year Pilot Program, will offer King County employees 100% vanpool/vanshare coverage for King County Metro commuter vans, and equal the subsidy to the fixed route benefit they currently receive. The subsidy will remain $65 per month for other public transit vanpools.

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 attached ETP Vanpool Rules, complete the Acknowledgment Form (last page) and send your completed form 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.

  • If you are interested in forming a new Metro Vanpool or Vanshare, find four 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

For more information about your employee transportation benefits, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/ETP.


Complete your survey for a chance to win!

It is time again for everyone to complete a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Survey. As an added incentive, employees who complete the survey will be eligible to win a $50 or a $20 or a $10 REI Gift card!

Thirty (five $50, ten $20 and fifteen $10) winners will be drawn every day during the survey week. So the sooner you enter, the higher your chances are to win one of the 150 prizes. Winners will be notified by June 8th.

The CTR survey is confidential and only takes a few minutes to complete. The questions focus on how you commuted to and from work last week and we want to hear from everyone – whether you drive alone, take the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work.

In the past, we have used the information our employees provided to us to design/improve our employee commute program. In recognition for enhancing and expanding the King County's alternative commute option plans and the exceptional contribution to better mobility for the region, the King County Employee Transportation Program has received many Awards:

  • 2019, Two Silver, and seven Bronze Level Championship Awards from City of Seattle
  • 2018, Two Silver, and one Bronze Level Championship Awards from City of Seattle
  • 2017, One Gold, and one Silver Level Championship Awards from City of Seattle
  • 2016, Three Gold, and three Bronze Level Championship Awards from City of Seattle
  • 2015, One Gold, one Silver, and two Bronze Level Championship Awards from City of Seattle
  • 2012, One Diamond Award from the State of Washington, Department of Transportation

We would not have been able to do so well and achieve so much without your help and support. So, we thank you for that and we hope that you continue to support us in our efforts in 2019.

Online Instructions

Instructions for access and completion of the Online Commute Trip Reduction Survey:

  • Go to https://www.ctrsurvey.org and enter your complete work e-mail address (example john.doe@kingcounty.gov). Then click "login."
  • Choose King County Government or Regional Justice Center from the list and click the "Select" button.
  • Choose your work site from the list and click the "Select" button.
  • Answer each question and then click the "Next" button at the bottom (left) of each page until the survey is completed.

Why are we asking for your participation?

The State of Washington Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law requires employers, such as King County, to survey employees every two years regarding how they commute to work. The goals of the state law are to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and decrease energy consumption. The survey will enable the County to design a transportation program that not only strives to meet those goals but also addresses the diverse needs of its employees.


Thank you so much for participating in this year's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) survey. We appreciate your help making the 2019 CTR survey a successful one.

Here are the lists of 2019 prize winners:

So, thank you for helping us achieve our goals!


Together we used Wheel Options for more than 137,694 days in July!

  • 9,676 participants saved/shared and logged their smart trips at least 6 days.
  • 6,800 participants saved/shared at least 12 days.

Congratulations to our Sizzlin' Summer winners:

$1,500 Grand Prize Victoria Clipper Winner

  • Morgan W. - King County

$1,000 Grand Prize Summer Getaway Winners

  • Leon P. - King County
  • Tracie M. - Pierce County
  • Hector F. - Snohomish County

For a list of all 70+ winners of the Sizzlin' Summer challenge, visit www.wheeloptions.org/winners. All winners have been notified via email.

Also, don't forget that the statewide Wheel Options campaign will be back this October!We will be helping to celebrate 100 years of National Parks.

Thanks,

Your Wheel Options Around the Sound Team


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