A vanpool is a group of 5-15 people who share a similar commute. The group enjoys a low monthly fare and comfortable commute in a van that seats 7, 12, or 15 passengers. Each group needs at least two volunteer drivers and one volunteer bookkeeper to assist in maintaining the vehicle and completing monthly reports. King County Metro provides everything for your smooth commute – the van, fuel, insurance, maintenance, 24-hour roadside assistance and a guaranteed ride home are all included as part of your vanpool fare. Commuting in a vanpool is a great way to reduce stress and save money—it’s like a mini-bus that operates on your exact schedule and route
Subsidy for King County employees
If you’re a King County employee who is eligible to receive transportation benefits, your King County employee ID/ORCA card now covers your King County Metro Vanpool or Vanshare 100% through December 2024. Metro is also temporarily reducing the ridership requirements from 5 participants to 3 or more participants so more groups may take advantage of this commuter opportunity. Your ID/ORCA card will continue to cover up to $65 per month toward your fare for Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Kitsap Transit vanpools.
Before you can begin receiving your vanpool benefit, you must read the Vanpool Benefits Rules of Use and Policy and submit your completed acknowledgement form.
Give a copy of your employee ID/ORCA card to your vanpool bookkeeper. Remember, you’re responsible for any additional vanpool fares. Any transportation benefit amount in excess of the IRS limit, $300 per month for 2023, is taxable income and will show in the employee’s W-2.
RideshareOnline.com is a free online self-serve ridematching service that—in a matter of minutes, day or night—helps you find potential vanpool partners.
Discounted parking in Seattle
The City of Seattle offers discounted parking to registered vanpools in specially designated areas throughout the city. For more information, visit Commuter Services or call 206‑684‑0816
Metro VanShare provides vans to groups of three or more commuters to connect them to buses, trains, or ferries. Now you can park a van at a transportation hub or terminal (rail station, park-and-ride, or ferry dock) and it will be there, ready to bridge the gap in your commute trip.