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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 the first month is FREE. Eligible participants may apply for additional subsidy to cover the monthly fare beyond the first month. The group must start with at least two participants who fill the driver and bookkeeper roles. The minimum van ridership may increase as our region moves into COVID recovery, but groups will receive additional assistance to help with recruiting efforts. The van 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 the West Seattle High Bridge reopens (mid-2022) 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.

Metro Vanpool program fare schedules

Effective 10-1-19

What's included in your monthly fares?

Fuel, maintenance, insurance, 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Guaranteed Ride Home and toll-free roadways!

Questions? If you have fare-related questions, or need assistance calculating your fares, please have your van's bookkeeper contact your assigned Accounting Rideshare Service Rep. For recruiting questions or other support, contact King County's Commuter Van Program via email.

Please note: Fares resumed Oct. 1, 2020. Groups who are parked and not commuting may not drive the van, are not allowed personal use, excess miles and/or driver bonus miles at any time. Any driving must be for commute purposes and is charged at the full monthly rate.

Not sure who your Accounting Representative is? Please call anyone listed below for help or a referral.

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Contact us

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

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201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104-0770