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Vanpool Investment Program

2015—2017 Vanpool Investment Program Awards

WSDOT awarded Vanpool Investment Program (VIP) grants to 13 public transit agencies that operate vanpool programs. Grant awards totaled more than $6.5 million for the 2015–2017 biennium. The list below reflects awards made through current- and new-law revenue. 

Vanpool riders 

Public transit agencies utilize VIP grants to purchase new vans or replace vans that have reached their useful lives. Funds are administered through WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division. Fleet-expansion requests are given first priority, and remaining funds are awarded to fleet-replacement requests.

In 2003, the state Legislature created the VIP program to help public transit agencies expand vanpooling and make it more appealing to commuters. Since 2003, the state has provided more than $45 million for the purchase of vans. These funds augment millions of dollars invested by these agencies, employers and commuters to cover operating costs, including equipment.

Almost 3,000 public vanpools are in operation throughout the state. Vanpools help reduce traffic congestion and keep traffic moving on our state highways. They also support economic growth and aid in improving air quality while lowering fuel consumption.

Organization Vans Awarded
Ben Franklin Transit 35
Clallam Transit 3
Columbia Transit 6
Community Transit 20
Grays Harbor Transit 3
Intercity Transit 11
Island Transit 24
King County Metro 133
Kitsap Transit 1
Okanogan Transit (TRANGO) 5
Skagit Transit 4
Spokane Transit 10
Yakima Transit 7
Total Vans Awarded262