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Share the Ride: Carpool and Vanpool
Carpooling and vanpooling are great ways to commute to Campus. Ride together and you can save money on gas and parking. You’ll also get access to high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes and on-ramps for a faster commute. And don’t forget that you can always mix up your commute as needed: bus, bike, walk or drive alone on the days you can’t share the ride.
Carpooling is a flexible, cost-saving commute option for UW employees and student U-PASS holders. You can carpool all the time or just on occasion as a supplement to the way you regularly commute.
Carpool Permits: See the Quarterly & Annual Carpool Permit page for information on this option.
Occasional Carpooling: See the Impromptu Carpooling page for information on this option.
Vanpools are groups of 5 to 15 people who live at least 3 miles away from the UW Seattle campus and share their commute in a van owned, maintained and insured by a transit agency.
Start or Join a Vanpool: See the Vanpool page for information on this option.
Need help connecting with a rideshare partner?
UW has partnered with Zimride to provide a convenient way to match up with other students, faculty and staff looking to share the ride.
You can also connect with rideshare partners through RideshareOnline which is managed by Washington State Department of Transportation and is currently available throughout Washington and Idaho.
Campus Visitors Can Share the Ride Too
Preferential Loading Registration for Carpools and Vanpools on Washington State Ferries
The Washington State Ferry system issues High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) permits for preferential loading onto the ferries to carpools and vanpools. You can register your carpool or vanpool by filling out the online Registration Formand submitting payment by credit card to the Washington State Ferry system. For all the rules and regulations of the Washington State Ferries Rideshare program, see Rideshare Program Brochure.
Riders Wanted Signs
Need to find a new rideshare partner? Print out a Riders Wanted sign, fill in your carpool or vanpool’s origin, destination and contact information then display the sign in your carpool or vanpool window for an easy way to advertise you’re looking for new rideshare partners.