King County donates retired vans to nonprofits

September 11, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2010

King County has donated 27 retired Metro vans to help transport residents to medical appointments and field trips. The retired vehicles stand to benefit senior citizens, young adults, community programs and local governments.

King County Council members OK’d the donation in a unanimous decision Tuesday. Issaquah-area Councilwoman Kathy Lambert lauded the donation.

“As the county makes major funding cuts for human services, these retired vans are one way we still can support nonprofit organizations that meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” she said in a statement. “I am pleased that these vans will continue to be put to good uses.”

The retired vans had reached the end of service after at least six years as part of the vanpool fleet. The county then donates and sells the surplus vehicles.

County officials started donating surplus vans to local nonprofits in 1995. The county last donated 27 retired Metro vans in December.

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