Interested in starting or joining a vanpool? Call us today at 360-786-8800.

What is a Vanpool?

You need at least five commuters to start and maintain a vanpool. Each group needs a coordinator, at least one driver and a bookkeeper. Intercity Transit approves and trains drivers before they can drive the vanpool vehicle.

Vanpool passengers pay a low monthly fare, based on the round trip mileage and the number of riders in the van. Fares cover the costs of operating the van, including fuel, insurance, and maintenance. Use our cost estimator to get an idea of your monthly commute costs.

The vanpool group determines pick-up and drop-off locations and the commute schedule.

You pay your fare at the beginning of each month to reserve your seat, but you aren't required to ride every day; members can ride fewer than five days a week.

If an emergency arises while you're at work, vanpoolers are eligible for a free taxi ride home, covered by your employer or Intercity Transit.

Get help building a vanpool

The more people in your vanpool, the lower your fare.

  • Recruit riders by putting up Vanpool Riders Wanted signs around your office building and talking with friends.
  • We're also happy to help in the search. Email or call us at 360-786-8800 or 1-866-330-7033.
  • Visit for ride matching resources.

After you have other riders, call us. You'll need to:

  • Map a route
  • Decide on pick-up and drop off points
  • Determine a schedule
  • Choose someone to coordinate the vanpool
  • Choose a bookkeeper to collect fares
  • Choose at least one person to drive. Drivers must meet specific requirements. We screen and approve all drivers. Fill out the Vanpool Driver Application and fax (360-357-6184) or mail it to Vanpool Services, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507.
  • Sign up driver(s) for our Defensive Driving course by calling 360-786-8800
  • Have drivers and riders read and sign the Vanpool Rider Agreement then send it to Vanpool Services, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507.