After years of being faithful county employees, three dozen recently “retired” King County Metro Vanpool vans will help meet the transportation needs of county residents.
The King County Council unanimously approved the transfer of vehicles to local governments and community programs to provide transportation assistance.
Among the local recipients are: Centro Rendu of St. Vincent de Paul Seattle/King County; DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network); and Kona Kai Coffee.
The retired vans have been part of Metro Transit’s vanpool fleet for at least six years and have reached the end of their service life. When the vans reach this age, they are considered surplus. The vehicles that are not donated are sold by the county.
Interested organizations can contact the councilmember representing their district for more information about applying for a vehicle.
“The retired Metro vans are a tangible way we can help our community-based organizations,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “I look forward to seeing the amazing work the South King County recipients will do with their new vans”
In 1996, the council made its first donation of surplus vans. Over the last two decades, vans have been transferred to local nonprofit organizations to provide transportation for the disabled, low-income, young adults, and senior citizens.