With thousands of commuters traveling to and from Seattle on a daily basis, it should be easy to find others interested in sharing the responsibility of personal vehicle use. Establishing a carpool offers many advantages not available to single drivers. Carpool riders can use the HOV lanes, and a regular carpool program can create cost-sharing opportunities for gas and parking.
Finding your carpool match is as easy as logging onto RideShare. RideShare represents a partnership between many Washington transportation agencies — including Metro, Pierce, and Community Transit — and offers ride matching services for regular commuters, as well as for special events. RideShare is a complete online resource for carpool questions. Lastly, their toll-free hotline (888) 814-1300 provides instant aid for carpoolers.
Another quick method for assembling a carpool is Craigslist, with a comprehensive list of people interested in carpooling for a variety of reasons.
Now that you’ve found your perfect carpool partners, you’ll need a place to meet. Park and Rides, located throughout the greater Puget Sound area, are a popular choice among carpool riders. Find the perfect one for your group here.
Once downtown, Seattle’s carpool parking program provides discounted parking in designated areas for even more savings.
Additionally, the Washington State Ferry System gives privileged loading on specified sailings for registered vans and carpools. To be approved, you must:
- Commute with at least four other people (maximum 15).
- Use your car/vanpool at least three days a week for a minimum of nine months.
- If using a private vehicle, get a RideShare license plate from the Washington State Department of Licensing.
- Register as a Vanpool with WSF.