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Old 09-25-2014, 04:06 AM
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No doubt that, where available, rail transit is a great way to reach the heart of the city. But what if the city doesnt have enough, or the work location is not "right downtown?". Of course, many huge companies have vanpool systems in place at their offices. But what about smaller companies? Multi tenant office parks? Has it ever been tried, and what results?
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:50 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The Vanpool program here is run by the county metro agency that runs the buses. I was in one for a couple of years, and it was not sponsored or affiliated with the company in any way. In fact, a co-worker is in one now that has 6 people from 4 different companies as much as a mile apart. The website provides a way for people to hook up and form carpools or vanpools according to their home and work locations, and work start/end times. Mine ended when one person dropped out due to a schedule change, another was laid off (2009), another retired, and with only two of us left we could no longer qualify. At the time the cost was about $70 each/month which included all gas and service of their van.

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