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Vanpool Fast Facts 
  • Intercity Transit’s vanpool fleet is fully operational with 150 vanpool groups and a fleet of 168 vans.
  • Our fleet includes 7-, 8-, 12-, and 15-passenger vans.
  • Some 77 (53%) of our vans travel into Thurston county, 65 (45%) travel out of the county, and four (2%) travel inside the county. 
  • Our vanpools travel to the Olympia area from Aberdeen, Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Centralia, Chehalis, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, McCleary, Montesano, Napavine/Onalaska, Puyallup/Lakewood, Rochester, Seattle, Shelton, Tacoma, Tukwila and Yelm. 
  • Vanpools travel from the Olympia area to Aberdeen, Bellevue, Bremerton, Chehalis, DuPont, Ft Lewis, Federal Way, Issaquah, Legrande, Renton, Seattle and Tacoma.
  • Our vans travel an average of 73 miles per day round-trip, one of the longest average commute trip lengths of any vanpool program in the State of Washington.
  • The average individual vanpool fare is approximately $65 per month.  Fares cover the costs of operating the van, including the cost of fuel, oil, tires, maintenance and insurance.
  • Individual vanpoolers save, on average, $6,653 a year over the cost of driving alone. 
    On our shortest distance van, members annually save $2,084 over the cost of driving alone.  On our longest distance vanpool, commuters save $12,341 a year over the cost of driving alone.*
  • We carry almost 1,350 commuters to and from work each day.
  • Our oldest continuing vanpool, from Tacoma to Olympia, was established in January 1990.
    Of the existing fleet, 59 groups were established between 1982 and 2000.  By the end of 2005, the fleet nearly doubled in size reaching 100.  In 2006 we reached 127 vanpool groups, increasing our fleet by 30% in just one year.  So far in 2007, another 23 have been added for a total of 150.Our current groups travel a total of 2,582,052 passenger miles per year.

    Twenty-five successful years!

    Since Intercity Transit’s Vanpool Program began in May 1982, vanpoolers have:

  • Collectively traveled more than 17.5 million miles.
  • Eliminated at least 115.2 million miles traveled from our roadways
  • Abated more than 85 million pounds of pollution.
  • Saved at least 4.3 million gallons of gasoline.
  • Saved a collective $29 million over the cost of driving alone. 

    *This savings is based on a conservative 44 cents per mile.  AAA says driving costs now exceed 53 cents per mile.

  • Customer Service

    222 State Avenue
    Olympia, WA 98501
    Outside Thurston County
    TTY 360-943-5211
    Fax 360-943-8760
    Email Customer Service
    Business Office

    526 Pattison Street SE
    Olympia, WA 98501
    Email Business Office
    Intercity Transit complies with all federal requirements under Title VI which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.
    For additional information, contact Intercity Transit Customer Service.
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