SAFE-Ride program

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What is SAFE-Ride?

Also known as the Guaranteed Ride Home program, the State Agency Free Emergency (SAFE)-Ride is available to state employees who work in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston and Spokane counties that ride the bus, drive or ride in a carpool or vanpool, walk, or bike to work.

Think of SAFE-Ride as your smart commuting insurance policy. If you come to work by bus, vanpool, carpool, walking or bicycling and have an emergency occur during your work hours – such as a family illness, unexpected overtime, or a missed ride – you can take a taxi home and the SAFE-Ride program will pick up the tab (excluding gratuity). SAFE-Ride will pay for up to 65 one-way miles and you may take up to eight trips a year, with no more than four rides for unexpected overtime.

Who is eligible?

State employees assigned to a worksite are eligible for a SAFE-Ride. You are eligible on any day you ride the bus, vanpool, carpool, bicycle, or walk to work.

When can I Use SAFE-Ride?

SAFE-Ride can be used for:

SAFE-Ride CANNOT be used for:

SAFE-Ride Program Criteria

If you need an emergency ride home, call your worksite SAFE-Ride Coordinator.

For more information about the program, please contact your SAFE-Ride Coordinator or email the program at This email address is provided to obtain information regarding SAFE-ride. Do not email this address to request a SAFE-Ride home. Employee trips are not authorized through WSDOT.