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Cut your commute time and breeze by traffic in your Metro Vanpool by gaining access to the SW Spokane St. Bridge.

With the West Seattle Bridge closure, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has authorized public vanpools access to the restricted SW Spokane St. Bridge (Lower Bridge)—vanpooling saves time. Only commuting a few days a week? Vanpooling is flexible—start a van for a 3-day work schedule.

"When traveling to/from West Seattle, vanpool is by far the easiest way to commute. Being able to use the lower bridge has saved us about 45 minutes on our commute each way. Being able to rely on a reasonable commute time has reduced our stress significantly and allowed us more time with our families at home. It is a clean, safe, reliable and cost-effective way to commute to work. Thank you, Metro and SDOT!"

Emily W. an essential healthcare worker in Vanpool #2652

Vanpool and Vanshare

Vanpooling is a consistent group of commuters with a common origin, worksite destination, and work schedule. The participants drive the van, submit monthly reports to Metro and coordinate their group logistics. Metro provides everything to get started for a monthly fare, similar to a monthly transit pass. The Metro Commuter Van program includes—the van, gas, maintenance, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance and the emergency ride home program. Or, start a Vanshare to connect your first/last mile commute to another mode of public transportation such as the Water Taxi or the Washington State Ferry.

King County Metro Vanpool is adapting during the COVID response and providing flexibility for social distancing and public health recommendations.

Eligibility

New van participants commuting to or from West Seattle who have not participated in a vanpool in the last three months can start a new King County Metro Vanpool or Vanshare and receive up to the first TWO months FREE. The group must start with at least two participants who fill the driver and bookkeeper roles. The group must meet all the King County Metro program requirements and policies and the commute route would typically travel on the West Seattle bridge if it was available.

Promotion runs until 03/31/21 or while supplies last. The first 10 groups that start a new King County Metro Vanpool or Vanshare are eligible.

Steps to get started

  1. Recruit at least one other person to help fill the driver and bookkeeper role
  2. Agree on group details such as parking, route, work schedule, etc.
  3. Submit your group information and application here and we'll follow up with next steps.

Find a Metro Vanpool

Look for a Vanpool along your route

Enter complete home and work addresses below for the most accurate list results. Visit RideshareOnline.com to create and view custom trip lists with additional search filters, personal trip calendar, and available rewards.

Create a profile

Go to RideshareOnline.com to create a profile and search for Vanpool groups. When you find a Vanpool match, contact the listed coordinator to confirm seat availability, route and schedule to see if it is good fit.

Find a match and apply

When you have a Vanpool to join, fill out an application, send it to vanpool@kingcounty.gov and start riding!

Start your own Vanpool

Recruit four or more members (at least two drivers and a bookkeeper), agree on group details (parking, route, schedule, etc), and we will follow up with next steps!

Connect with Rideshare

Local Calls: 206-625-4500
WA Relay: 711
Fax: 206-684-2166

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Mailing Address:
Rideshare Operations
KSC-TR-0812
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104-0770


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