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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.


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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