Used vanpool vehicles return to service for nonprofit organizations

September 19, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 18, 2012

Leaders donated used vehicles from the King County Metro Transit vanpool fleet Monday to provide transportation assistance to local governments, community programs, seniors and youths.

King County Council members authorized the donation. The vans served in the Metro Transit vanpool fleet for at least six years and reached the end of service life.

“Serving the mobility needs of those too young and too old to drive, as well as those with health challenges, is an important service for King County to provide,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — said in a statement. “Using our retired vanpool vans for these important transportation needs is an efficient way of serving those who do not have other options.”

In 1995, county leaders started donating used vans from the Metro Transit vanpool to local nonprofit organizations. Recipients must meet a set of requirements, including the ability to provide qualified and trained drivers, and specific plans to use the van to transport low-income, elderly or young people, or people with disabilities.

“I am always proud to be a part of the van donation program,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement. “These deserving organizations assist their communities in many ways and help make King County a great place to live and raise a family.”

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