By Jennifer Rash
In the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to remind drivers that the free Flex Pass incentive for carpoolers and free motorcycle pass for I-405 users continues through the end of March 2016.
Free Flex Pass incentive
Since we kicked off our partnership with RideshareOnline.com and local partnering networks in March of this year, we've distributed over 33,000 free Flex Passes to carpoolers. A Good To Go! Flex Pass set to HOV mode is the only way qualifying carpools can ride for free in the I-405 express toll lanes. On days when you may not meet the carpool requirements, the Flex Pass also gives you the flexibility to use the express toll lanes and other toll facilities as a toll paying customer.
Here are some facts we've learned from carpoolers who have requested a free Flex Pass:
Three quick tips if you're a carpooler who needs a Flex Pass:
Q: What do you need to qualify for a free Flex Pass?
A: Live, work or play in King and Snohomish counties, and carpool at least once a week on I-405, with at least two people in your vehicle. Yes weekends count too! You only need two people in your vehicle to travel toll free all weekend.
Q: How do I get my free Flex Pass?
A: Follow these instructions to order your free Flex Pass (pdf 52 kb) today. Please note: A RideshareOnline.com account is different from a Good To Go! account. Once you've received your free Flex Pass, remember to remove any other Good To Go! pass you might have. You only need one pass!
Q: Are you looking for another carpool partner?
A: RideshareOnline.com assists commuters by providing free carpool, vanpool and bicycle ridematching services, bus/rail options, SchoolPool carpooling programs for parents, and information about the benefits of teleworking from home. Once registered at RideshareOnline.com, you can use the Ridematch to find an extra person to carpool with on I-405.
Free motorcycle passes
We're also extending the Free Motorcycle Pass incentive program! Motorcycles are required to have a motorcycle pass in the express toll lanes to claim their free trip just like carpoolers.
Since April 2015, we've distributed over 11,600 free motorcycle passes. Through the program, we provide one free motorcycle pass per person. You can request a free motorcycle pass by taking this brief online survey – be sure to have your license plate ready.
If you have questions regarding the Flex Pass incentive program, how to get a free motorcycle pass or how to navigate the new system, give our incentive hotline a ring at 206-464-1230. (We won't be in the office on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.)
Just a reminder, if you're traveling I-405 on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the two person carpool requirement will be in effect all day. Safe travels and happy holidays!