Carpools and Vanpools

Vanpool driver and rider

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 the ride to work. The group enjoys a low monthly fare and a comfortable commute in an eight-, 12-, or 15-passenger van provided by a local transit authority, nonprofit group or employer. Riders—usually coworkers or people who live and/or 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 car while saving you money. Vanpooling offers other benefits, such as more personal or work time, a possible subsidy with tax benefits, the potential to bike and vanpool, and preferential parking. Your transit system or employer may also offer an emergency-ride-home program, should you or your ridesharing partner(s) need to leave work unexpectedly.


A carpool is a group of two or more people who commute to work or other destinations together in a private vehicle. Carpoolers coordinate schedules, arrange who drives and how often, and determine payments for gas and maintenance.

Ride Matching

  • Visit to find a carpool or vanpool in most parts of Washington and Oregon.
  • Visit Clark County Smart Commuter to find a carpool or vanpool in the greater Vancouver area.
  • Visit CommutefinderNW to find a carpool or vanpool in the greater Spokane area.
  • Contact your work site to see if there's a transportation coordinator who can help you.