Public Transportation - Vanpool Investment Program

WSDOT provides state funds to support vanpool programs in transit agencies across Washington. Transit agencies use these funds to purchase vans to expand vanpool fleets, replace aging vans and provide incentives to employers to increase vanpool ridership. WSDOT awarded $10.3 million in Vanpool Investment Program grants to 16 transit agencies across the state for the 2019-2021 biennium. These grants support the purchase of 420 vehicles, of which 10 are low-emission plug-in hybrid vans.

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

Following the passage of I-976, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway. This provides the Governor and the Legislature flexibility to determine how to adjust the funding gap in the 2019-21 transportation budget during the upcoming session. Learn more about the delay and related projects (pdf 256 kb).

2019-2021 Vanpool Investment Program Grants

Organization Award amount Vans awarded
Asotin Transit $64,350 3
Ben Franklin Transit $2,574,000 Delayed120
Clallam Transit $214,500 Delayed10
Community Transit $1,498,200 Delayed56
C-Tran $21,450 Delayed1
Garfield County $74,700 Delayed2
Grant Transit $169,950 Delayed7
Grays Harbor Transit $107,250 Delayed5
Intercity Transit $257,400 Delayed12
Island Transit $514,800 Delayed24
King County Metro $2,898,700 Delayed96
Kitsap Transit $321,750 Delayed15
Pierce Transit $900,900 42
Skagit Transit $244,200 Delayed10
Spokane Transit $359,700 Delayed14
Whatcom Transit $64,350 3
Total $10,286,200 420

For more information, contact Shamus Misek, miseks@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-705-7346 or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.