Vanpool Fast Facts 

  • Intercity Transit’s vanpool fleet is fully operational with 180 vanpool groups and a fleet of 254 vans.
  • Our fleet includes 7-, 12-, and 15-passenger vans.
  • Some 82 (45%) of our vans travel into Thurston county, 94 (52%) travel out of the county, and 4 (3%) travel inside the county. 
  • Our vanpools travel to the Olympia area from Aberdeen, Bellevue, Centralia, Chehalis, Elma, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, JBLM, Kent, Lakewood, McCleary, Montesano, Port Orchard, Puyallup, Renton, Rochester, Seattle, Shelton, Spanaway, Steamboat Island, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vader, and Yelm. 
  • Vanpools travel from the Olympia area to Auburn, Bremerton, Camp Murray, Centralia, Chehalis, DuPont, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, JBLM, Lakewood, La Grande, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Seatac, Seattle, Shelton, Silver Creek, Tacoma and Tukwila.
  • Our vans travel an average of 74 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 $109 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 1,200 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. In 2015, we had an average of 203 groups that travelled a total of 24,638,170 passenger miles!

Thirty-Four successful years!

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

  • Collectively traveled more than 31 million miles.
  • Eliminated over 203 million miles traveled from our roadways
  • Abated over 122 thousand tons of CO2.
  • Saved at least 10 million gallons of gasoline.
  • Saved a collective $75 million over the cost of driving alone. 

*This savings is based on a conservative 44 cents per mile.  AAA says driving costs now exceed 59.2 cents per mile.