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Three organizations to receive donated county vans

 

Three Bellevue organizations will receive retired Metro Vanpool vans. The King County Council unanimously approved the donation to Hopelink, LifeWire and the Salvation Army - Eastside.

“These van transfers repurpose county vehicles so that agencies supporting our youth, elderly and other underserved populations get connected to the vital community services they need,” said council Vice Chair Jane Hague, who represents Bellevue.

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 transferring retired vans to these worthy organizations, we are providing important tools that allow them to better serve the residents of King County,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who also represents a portion of Bellevue.

Since 1996, the County Council has transferred more than 460 retired vans from Metro’s Vanpool program to local nonprofit organizations to provide transportation for the disabled, low-income, young adults, and senior citizens.

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