Carpools and Vanpools

Vanpooling in Washington State has reached historic heights - and we're home to the largest public vanpool program in the country.

Sharing a ride in a vanpool or carpool can be cheaper and faster than driving alone.


A vanpool is a prearranged group of five to 15 people who share their commute. The group enjoys a low monthly fare and a comfortable commute in an 8, 12, or 15 passenger van, usually provided by a local transit authority, nonprofit group or employer. Members - usually coworkers or people who work in the same vicinity - volunteer to drive, fuel, clean and schedule maintenance and repair for the van.

Commuting in a vanpool reduces wear and tear on your checkbook, nerves and car. Vanpooling offers other benefits, such as more personal or work time, possible subsidy with tax benefits, the potential to bike and vanpool, and preferential parking. Your transit system or employer may offer an emergency ride home program.


A carpool is a group of two or more people who commute to work or other destinations together in a private vehicle. Carpool members work out their own agreements on who drives and how often, schedules, and payments for gas and maintenance.

Ride Matching

  • Visit or call 888-814-1300. Serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
  • Visit Clark County Smart Commuter, serving Vancouver, Wash., and Clark County.
  • Contact your work site to see if there's a transportation coordinator who can help you.