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Carpooling is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to share the ride. It’s flexible to suit your schedule, saves time and money and allows you to drive in the HOV lane. You can use the Rideshare Ridematch Program to find potential carpool partners.


If you commute to UW Tacoma and live at least 10 miles away from the campus, give vanpooling a try. A vanpool is a prearranged group of 5 - 15 people who share their commute by using a vanpool vehicle owned, maintained and insured by Pierce Transit.

Vanpool passengers pay a low monthly fare based on daily round trip mileage and the number of riders in the van. These fares cover all the costs of operating the vanpool, including fuel, insurance and maintenance. 

Have an active U-PASS and want to vanpool? The U-PASS covers $70 of your monthly vanpool fareAll UW vanpool riders are required to complete the online U-PASS Vanpool Registration form in order to receive U-PASS vanpool credits each month.

Each vanpool must have a primary driver and at least one back-up driver. Drivers must be pre-approved by Pierce Transit before operating the vanpool vehicle. Each vanpool must also have a bookkeeper, someone who is willing to collect the fares and ensure timely completion and submittal of rev enue and forms to Pierce Transit. If you need help finding potential vanpool partners, check out the Rideshare Ridematch Program!