From a November 10, 2020, Community Transit press release.
Twelve 15-passenger surplus vans, otherwise earmarked for auction, were awarded last week to 12 different local nonprofit organizations who answered a call to enhance their service.
The vans were awarded at the November 5th Community Transit Board of Directors virtual meeting through the agency’s Van GO vehicle grant program.
The vehicles, originally part of Community Transit’s vanpool fleet, will be used to improve access to transportation and strengthen connections in local communities.
Recipients were chosen through a competitive process based on how they propose to use the vehicles to serve their communities.
Community Transit launched the Van GO program in 2000 and has since awarded 158 vans and wheelchair lift-equipped paratransit vehicles to qualified 501(c)3 organizations throughout Snohomish County. These organization primarily serve residents of the Community Transit service area. This includes all incorporated cities and towns in Snohomish County, as well as the Tulalip Reservation, and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County; with the exception of Everett.
More information about the Van GO program is online www.communitytransit.org/VanGo.
“These surplus vehicles will make it possible for community service providers to give the people they serve better access to opportunity and essential services such as training, employment, medical appointments and more,” commented Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath.
This year, more than 30 groups submitted applications demonstrating how they would use the vehicles to benefit people in their community. Collectively, the vans will provide more than 34,000 annual trips next year to medical appointments, employment opportunities and other services. The vans will also be used to transport and deliver food and other essential supplies.
This year’s twelve Van GO recipients include:
- Angel Resource Connection (Snohomish County).
- Edmonds Church of God (Edmonds).
- First Class Association of Washington State (Lynnwood, Marysville, Everett, Bothell).
- Gambian Talents Promotion (Snohomish County).
- Greater Trinity Academy (Unincorporated Snohomish County Everett & Mukilteo).
- Korean Community Service Center (Snohomish County).
- Latino Educational Training Institute (Snohomish County).
- Millennia Ministries (Snohomish County).
- Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission (Monroe).
- North Snohomish County Outreach (North Snohomish County).
- North Sound Church (Edmonds/Lynnwood).
- YMCA of Snohomish County (Snohomish County).
Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool, and alternative commute options in Snohomish County.
The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with Swift Blue Line along Highway 99, the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field, and the new Swift Orange Line coming to Mill Creek and Lynnwood in 2024.