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Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #28

October 28, 2009 in Blog

any onerous government regulations, social engineering or loss of mobility, vanpools could reduce
regional Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by between 4 million to 9 million miles
per day by 2030.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #27

October 27, 2009 in Blog

2030, vanpools could eliminate 84,752 cars from the roadway, or 4.8 percent of
all work related traffic in the Puget Sound region every day.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #26

October 26, 2009 in Blog

2030, there will be about 1.78 million Single Occupant Vehicles traveling to
and from work every day, presumably during the peak commute times when traffic
congestion is at its worst.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #25

October 25, 2009 in Blog

Transit estimates its light rail expansion will carry only 163,000 daily trips
by 2030, at a cost of $22.8 billion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #24

October 24, 2009 in Blog

average passenger load for a vanpool is 8.14 riders per van, so vanpools in the
Puget Sound could carry about 193,000 trips per day by 2030 for a public cost
of about $2.5 billion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #23

October 23, 2009 in Blog

Increasing vanpools by 600 percent by
2030 would only cost the public about $2.5 billion in taxes and move 20 percent
more people than Sound Transit’s $23 billion light rail expansion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #22

October 22, 2009 in Blog

2003, a WSDOT study found the region could increase vanpool use up to 11,870
vans by 2030, a 600 percent increase from what currently exists today.

Part III: Analysis of Vanpool Performance and Market Potential

October 21, 2009 in Blog


Here is our third report in our four-part series on Vanpools in the Puget Sound Region:
Part III: Analysis of Vanpool Performance and Market Potential

Key Findings
• Vanpools are far more flexible and require less public tax support than other, fixed route mass transit modes, like buses or rail.
• King County’s vanpool program alone carries more people than Sound Transit’s entire commuter rail, for $1 billion less.
• Regional vanpools served f!
our times more passengers for 1/7th the cost of Sound Transit’s Sounder Commuter Rail.
• Regional vanpools are 2½ times more efficient than Sound Transit’s buses.
• Between 2000 and 2007, regional vanpools spent 18 times less in capital expenses than the regional bus agencies, 12 times less than Sound Transit’s buses and 20 times less than commuter rail.
• Regional vanpools cost between three and five times less to operate than light rail, buses or commuter rail.
• Regional vanpools require much less public tax support than other inter-city transit modes because users cover two thirds of operational expenses.
• Vanpools have the potential to serve 20% percent more riders for $20 billion less than Sound Transit’s light rail expansion plan.
• Instead of spending more public money to connect cities with high speed rail, commuter rail, light rail and express bus services, policymakers should look to vanpools as the most efficie!
nt alternative.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #21

October 21, 2009 in Blog

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #21: Commuters traveled an average of 12.2 miles in 1999 and 12.8 miles in 2006, a
five percent increase, despite regulations to force
compact development. Between 1980 and 2000, commuters who cross county lines to
get to work increased from 10.4 percent to 16.1 percent. As commuters move
farther from employment centers transportation costs grow and demand for vanpools becomes more attractive.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #20

October 20, 2009 in Blog

Vanpool fares would only need to rise about 50 percent to make vanpools self sufficient. On the other hand, Sound Transit’s bus fares would need to rise about 259 percent, and nearly 200 percent for the Sounder Commuter rail, to break even.