FAQ

The Bus Co-op Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Q: Who can become a member?
Q: Do we have to buy a share?
Q: What if I have a large group to transport?
Q: Where will the buses be parked?
Q: Can we take the buses to the US?
Q: Who drives the bus?
Q: What is not included in the $40 per hour usage fee?
Q: What if I am not happy with the service?

Q: Who can become a member?
A: Organizations that currently, or intend to, provide transportation to seniors and other groups and are willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.

Q: Do we have to buy a share?
A:  Membership requires an investment of $7,500 for the purchase of 75 Class A membership shares at a cost of $100 each.  Final approval for membership is at the discretion of the FVTC Board of Directors.
We have a few options for paying the membership share, including:

  • $7500 share equity in a lump sum
  • $7500 share equity in installments
  • $2500 share equity with $10 hourly usage surcharge towards the remainder
  • We have a bus to share (need to be determined by Board of Directors)

Discontinuing your membership requires a letter to the FVTC Board of Directors.
Your member share can be transferred to another organization or returned to you.  (See Co-op Rules)
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Q: What if I have a large group to transport?
A: We currently have two buses seating 21 and 20 with two wheelchair spaces. You may book both of them if they are both available.

Q: Where will the buses be parked?
A: Buses will be parked in close proximity to the member agencies in a community. Currently our buses are parked at the Langley Mini Storage at Logan and 204th Street, and at the Magnolia Gardens residence.
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Q: Can we take the buses to the USA?
A: Yes! The Bus Co-op is registered with the US Department of Transportation. The USDOT number can be seen on the side of the bus. Driving to the USA has special requirements though:

  • You must purchase a temporary Washington State vehicle license at a cost of $25
  •  Drivers driving in the USA must undergo a drug test before their first trip, and subsequently be part of the USDOT’s random drug testing program
  •  Costs associated with driving to the USA are borne by the member agency

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Q: Who drives the bus?
A: Each member organization will provide their own qualified driver. Drivers may be paid or volunteer as the organization wishes.
Drivers must have a minimum class four driver’s license and provide a driver’s abstract and claims history.
If your organization will be making trips to the USA, all drivers who will be driving our buses in the USA must participate in the US DOT’s random drug testing program. Costs associated with that are costs the member agency pays.

Q: What is not included in the $40 per hour usage fee?
A: Individual expenses such as parking, tolls and ferry fees are not included.
Taxes-GST and PST-are not included.
Any tickets for violations are not included.

Other costs that may be specific to the types of trips the organization takes, such as the cost of having your drivers participate in the US DOT random drug testing program, are not included. If you’re not sure about an expense, just check with us.
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Q: What if I am not happy with the service?
A: Membership share money is fully refundable. However, we hope you’ll talk to us first! Bus sharing and cooperatives are all about communities working together. All of the members are dedicated to making the experience as valuable as possible for everyone.

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