For some, saving money at the gas pump means splitting the commute to work

Inflation in the Puget Sound area has climbed 10.1% over the past year as gasoline prices have risen 48.4% year over year. As Snohomish County residents look for ways to save money, some are finding a lesser-known local transit option: commuter carpooling service.

Snohomish County-based Community Transit has seen growing interest in its Vanpool program.

“We hear more and more about people looking to save money. They think about gas and the wear and tear on their vehicle, or maybe getting rid of a car they only use to get to work. They get so excited when they hear about Vanpool and what we can do for them,” says Vanpool Customer Service and Sales Specialist Kristen Ryan.

Community Transit’s Vanpool service provides groups of three or more with a van they can use to get around together. The low monthly rate covers all vehicle expenses, including a comfortable, clean van, gas, insurance, maintenance, and another trip home in case of an emergency.

Carpool users share the cost of the monthly fare. Many local employers also cover some or all of the cost of using Vanpool, providing even more savings.

Vanpool driver Jonathan Blank, who works for the Safeway Seattle division, had been commuting to Bellevue from Snohomish County for more than 15 years when he decided to try Vanpool.

“My commute is more enjoyable with Vanpool,” says Blank. “We all work in the same place, so it gives us some time to decompress from our working day on the way home. On top of that, we get home faster with the use of HOV lanes, and it saves us time and money. »

Vanpools can use carpool lanes and can get preferred parking at many job sites. They also have access to priority ferry boarding and can bypass certain tolls, which is great for people looking to reduce travel time and stress.

“Taking Vanpool has helped me be smarter about my carbon footprint – where and when I drive – especially with the current cost of fuel,” says Blank.

To qualify for a Community Transit Vanpool, your trip must begin or end at a location in Snohomish County. Any qualified person can either join an existing vanpool or create their own.

Community Transit’s Vanpool team is available to provide assistance to anyone interested in learning more about Vanpool.

“We are here, and we are real people ready to help you. We can walk you through your options and help you find a rideshare to join or create your own. Getting started really isn’t difficult, and people love their Vanpools once they’re launched,” says Ryan. Visit communitytransit.org/govanpool to learn more.


Source: Community transit