Sharing a ride to work first came to prominence during the oil crisis of the 1970s. The King County Metro Commuter Van Program managed by Rideshare Operations was established in 1979. Originally consisting of only 21 VanPool groups, the successful and popular program grew steadily from the time it was implemented.
In 2004, VanShare was added to the program. As of 2017, with over 1,600 vans on the road, our Commuter Van Program is the largest publicly-owned program of its kind in the nation. The VanPool and VanShare Programs both provide an alternative to driving to work alone for groups of 5 to 15 commuters. With monthly fares covering gas, maintenance, insurance, some tolls and a guaranteed ride home, either program offers fantastic benefits. Factor in the advantage of HOV lanes and the environmental benefits and the programs can’t be beat.