Public Transportation - Vanpool Investment Program

WSDOT provides state funds through the Vanpool Investment Program to support vanpool programs at transit agencies across Washington. Transit agencies use these funds to expand vanpool fleets, replace aging vans and provide incentives to employers to increase vanpool ridership. The funding under this program allows transit agencies to purchase vans with alternative fuel types, including low-emission, plug-in hybrids.

Washington has the largest public vanpool fleet in the nation. Each workday, more than 18,000 commuters ride in more than 3,000 vanpools. These vanpools improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the number of cars on the road. This partnership between the state and transit agencies started in 2001 with 12 transit agencies, and now includes 22 transit agencies.

Note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people are traveling to their worksites, and as such, are not using the vanpool program. In addition, manufacturers are producing fewer vans during this time and are finding that they can no longer ensure delivery of the vehicles according to schedule.

For more information, contact Evan Olsen, evan.olsen@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-705-6929, or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.