• New Metro program partners with carpool apps as Viaduct closure approaches


    SEATTLE - As the Puget Sound region braces for the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct three weeks before the new SR 99 Tunnel opens, a new program aims to make it easier for people to carpool.

    For a limited time, King County Metro has teamed up with carpool apps Waze Carpool and Scoop to offer discounted trips for riders and bonuses for drivers to help commuters get to work and school next month.

    The Scoop app finds the most efficient carpool match, offers individual trip scheduling and makes payments from riders to drivers.  It serves residential areas across King County and select work areas. Incentives for both riders and drivers are available from Metro for a limited time.

    Costs vary and are viewable before booking.

    Waze Carpool works the same way, but all rides starting or ending in King County are only $2 for a limited time.  Drivers can earn as much as $0.54 a mile with occasional bonuses available.

    If you don't want to use an app, you can sign up for a rideshare program at www.rideshareonline.com.

    For more information and links to download the apps, see King County Metro’s carpool program page.

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close permanently on Jan. 11.




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