What is a Vanpool?

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With gas prices rising, traffic congestion increasing, and energy resources dwindling, commuting to work is becoming tougher than ever. Fortunately, Skagit Transit has the solution! Now more than ever, smart long-distance commuters are seizing the opportunity to turn an often costly and frustrating daily commute into a more pleasant experience. It’s called vanpooling!

Vanpooling Is Good For Skagit County

Vanpools help reduce traffic and make the most of our area's road infrastructure. Vanpools also help reduce energy consumption, air pollution and global warming. One vanpool can keep over 250 pounds of pollution out of the air every month! So what are you waiting for? Become a part of the program that not only benefits your community, but saves you money!


Vanpooling Is Convenient

A vanpool is a group of five to fifteen people who regularly travel together to work, 20 miles or more, in a comfortable van. Vanpoolers can shave an average of 20 minutes off of their commute time by using the HOV lanes and lower the stress and expense of driving alone. Arrive at work relaxed and ready to tackle the challenges that really matter. Spend travel time reading, socializing, sleeping, working or planning the day.

Vanpooling Is Comfortable

Vanpool passengers ride in a reliable, climate-controlled van with power steering, automatic transmission and comfortable seating. Seating areas are equipped with reading lights, air-conditioning and computer power outlet. Choose between a seven, twelve, or fifteen passenger van.


Vanpooling Saves You Money

Skagit Transit provides the van, fuel and maintenance in exchange for a monthly fare.

The longer your commute, the more you save on your personal vehicle in gas, insurance, maintenance costs and reduced wear and tear. Your vehicle will have lower mileage resulting in additional value at sale or trade-in and decreased insurance premiums due to fewer miles traveled by your own vehicle which equals more MONEY in your pocket to spend or save.

Vanpool riders split a monthly fare, which is based on the size of the van and the miles traveled. The more riders you have in your van the less fare each commuter pays. Many employers provide incentives for vanpooling, ranging from small cash reimbursements to fully subsidized fares. There may be designated free vanpool parking or reduced rates. Check with your Human Resources Representative or Employee Transportation Coordinator at your company for a zip code list of co-workers who may live in your area, or along your route to work.

Vanpool monthly rates depend on the size of the van and distance you travel to and from work. This Vanpool Rate chart will give you an idea of what your monthly rate could be.

How Does It Work?

Riders typically meet at a designated location such as one of our many park and rides. Some vans have more than one pick-up or drop-off point. It all depends on the nature and needs of each vanpool group.

There is a Vanpool Manager/Coordinator and Bookkeeper. This can be one reliable person who primarily collects monthly fees from the passengers, completes the monthly reports and  schedules the van for preventative maintenance. There should be at least three qualified drivers per van. This is so the van is available for the group's commute, whether or not the primary driver is available.

How Do I Get Started?

To join an existing vanpool, or to find others interested in forming one in your area, call us or go to

To start a vanpool, you need at least five adults - the more riders, the lower your fare.

Use the Vanpool Information Checklist to ensure you have completed all steps necessary to start your vanpool.

Decide on one or two pickup and drop-off points and times.

Choose a van manager, bookkeeper and set of primary drivers. There must also be at least one backup driver. The bookkeeper will need to meet with Skagit Transit for a brief bookkeeping instruction.

Vanpool drivers must be able to comply with the Driver Function List and the Driver Eligibility Criteria. Please review these carefully before attending the driving class.

Drivers must also complete a Driver Application, Driver Abstract, and Vanpool Agreement and provide a copy of their Driver's License. Upon receipt of an acceptable response from Motor Vehicle Records, each Driver will then be scheduled for a Driver Orientation. This consists of a defensive driving course and may include an on-road evaluation. Driver's must also read and sign the Fuel Card Usage form.

List of forms needed for driver orientation class        

Vanpool Agreement Driver Eligibility
Driver Application Driver Function List
Fuel Card Usage Rules and Responsibilities


**All drivers must obtain a copy of thier driver's abstract. Obtainable online through the department of licensing**

All riders and drivers must complete a Vanpool Agreement.

Make enough copies of the Vanpool Rules and Responsibilities to ensure that each member receives a copy.

A van may be issued to the group soon after completing these steps.

If you have any questions, call us at 360-757-8801 or toll-free at 877-584-7528 and ask for the Vanpool Coordinator, or e-mail the Vanpool Coordinator at

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