Ridesharing makes it easier than ever to leave your car at home. Learn how you can spend less time on the road and less money on fuel and parking, all while reducing traffic and air pollution.
Fill up those passenger seats and scoot over into the HOV lane. It’s carpool time.
Odds are there are other commuters whose trips match yours for all or part of the distance. Find them by setting up a free account within our Choose Your Way Bellevue portal to the RideshareOnline regional ridematching service. Learn how to create a ridematch in RideshareOnline with this handy infographic.
Or, talk to your worksite transportation coordinator and they might also be able to help match you with potential carpool mates.
Carpool without the commitment of traditional ridematching! Waze, Scoop and iCarpool are live in Bellevue. Many commuters are using dynamic carpooling on a regular basis or as needed on any given day. Learn more under Apps and Technology. For a limited time, King County Metro is sponsoring Scoop or Waze Carpool carpooling trips for all King County commuters! Find out more at kingcounty.gov/carpool.
If you can get five or more people together to share a commute schedule, transit agencies will provide you with a van to use. (Really!)
How Vanpool Works:
- 5-15 people decide on a schedule and share an agency-provided van
- Fuel, maintenance, insurance and tolls are all covered
- Pay a shared monthly fare for the van, determined by the length of your trip, number of people in the van and number of commutes per week.
To learn more or start or join a vanpool, visit King County Metro.
Live or work outside of King County? For commuting to or from Bellevue, you have vanpool options in:
King County Metro’s Vanshare program is like vanpool, but the van must connect to a transit hub. Get five or more people to share a commute to or from a Park & Ride, commuter rail station or ferry terminal and King County Metro will provide a van for a flat monthly rate.
- 5-15 people decide on a schedule and share an agency-provided van. NOTE: King County Metro is currently reducing the requirement to three people and providing additional incentives for new vanshares in the I-90/I-405 corridor. Find more details here.
- Vanshare riders must meet at a transit hub.
- 20 mile round trip maximum daily commute (10 miles each way)
- Riders split a flat monthly fare (currently $185; many employers fully or partially subsidize vanshare fares)
- Fuel, maintenance and insurance are covered.
Vanshare riders are eligible for a reimbursable Guaranteed Ride Home by taxi, so you'll never be stranded in case of suddenly changing plans.
Your own wheels, only when you need them. Zipcar offers on-demand carsharing originating in Downtown Bellevue — gas and insurance included. With carshare, you have flexibility to get around during the workday even if you leave your personal vehicle at home.
How to Use Zipcar:
- Sign up for a membership at Zipcar.com.
- Find available vehicles and reserve one for a modest hourly rate.
- Pick up your vehicle and return it to the same location when you’re done using it. There are a limited number of one-way Zipcars that allow users to return the car to a different location.
- Check with your employer — some businesses offer carsharing options to their employees for use during the workday.
Apps and Technology
Citymapper provides real-time transportation arrival times, trip planning, and maps to help you compare modal options for getting from A to B by transit, foot, bicycle, or ride hailing. It even includes times to get to and use the closed available dockless bike share bike. It can save trip information for quick reference and has a “meet me” feature to make sharing directions easy. The app also tracks calories burned, trees preserved, and money saved.
Desktop version also available.
Pogo helps you find parents who live nearby and drive to the same places your kids are going. Pogo organizes the details of every ride and syncs with your calendar. You can ride or drive and get reimbursed for the days you drive.
Zipcar provides members access to a fleet of cars available for hourly use at a modest rate. Reserve a car for daytime access, making it easy to get around without bringing a personal vehicle into the city. You can reserve a car by the hour or by the day.
Generally, cars must be picked up and dropped off at a specific location. A limited number of cars are available for one-way trips to Seattle. Zipcar also offers memberships for businesses. Within Bellevue, Zipcars can only be picked up at certain downtown locations.
Learn more at the Choose Your Way Bellevue Carsharing page and Zipcar’s FAQs.
Note: On-demand, pay-by-the minute carshare service (such as Car2go and ReachNow) is not currently available in Bellevue.
Create an account to make carpool ride matches in advance for your morning and evening commute. Drivers are fellow commuters who happen to be travelling the same direction and who have empty space in their vehicles. The cost of the trip is calculated by distance and split across the carpool group through the app. Note: iCarpool's user base is still growing. Sign up to increase the critical mass of users!
Use Scoop to match with fellow commuters in your neighborhood for morning and evening commute trips. Users split the cost of the trip through the app, with riders paying a small fee and drivers receiving a small reimbursement based on distance. Unlike traditional carpool matching, each trip is scheduled separately, so departure times are flexible and there is no need to commit to a regular schedule. Note: The app will be new, so sign up to increase the critical mass of users! The pool of users will also include employees of some Eastside employers through arrangements with Scoop.
No driver’s license — no problem. Carpools and vanpools are a great option for people with disabilities that prevent driving. Get started by setting up a free account within our Choose Your Way Bellevue portal to RideshareOnline, the regional ridematching service. Check out our handy infographic on how to create a ridematch in RideshareOnline.