Aug 29, 2014
There will be no Community Transit service on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Customer service phone lines and the RideStore will be closed that day as well. Community Trans...
Aug 25, 2014
It is that time of the year again and everone wants to go to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Due to increased traffic on Hwy 2 routes that use this popular roadway (Rts....
Aug 21, 2014
Service During the Fair: August 21 - August 30 Community Transit buses will serve a special stop at the West Gate of the Everegreen State Fair, August 21-30. Buses will ...
Aug 5, 2014
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be doing construction work on Highway 530 east of Oso beginning this week. Construction will impact Route 232 bus ...
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Interested applicants are invited to attend a Pre-Application Workshop on Wednesday, August 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the Community Transit Board Room, 7100 Hardeson Road, Everett, WA 98203. The workshop provides applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the application process, selection criteria, and vehicle maintenance, mileage and upkeep. A representative vehicle will be available for inspection after the workshop. RSVP is not necessary.
Van GO originated in 2000 following route cuts and eliminations due to the passage of I-695. At its regular February 3, 2000 meeting, Community Transit’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a staff proposal that six wheelchair accessible minibuses and six 15-passenger vans be granted to qualifying non-profit organizations throughout Snohomish County. The goal was to ease some of the pain for senior citizens, the disabled and youth caused by the service cuts.
Usually, retired Community Transit vans sold at auction, net a few thousand dollars each for the agency. By granting some of these surplus vehicles to community groups, they can continue to provide many times that value in transportation services. Vehicles granted still have several years and thousands of miles of life left in them. The service restored by granting the vehicles back to the community far outweighed the revenue that would have been generated from their sale. In addition, the community attention generated by the grants was priceless to Community Transit. Not only did the agency garner significant media and community attention during the application and grant processes, the receiving organizations were also covered by more than a dozen local newspapers and radio stations. Treasured letters from grateful customers who once again became able to get to church services, medical appointments and other destinations were received by literally all of the organizations. The program is a win-win proposition for both the transit agency that granted vehicles and for the communities they serve.
This valuable community program continues today. Now in its eleventh year, Van GO has granted 106 vehicles that have provided more than 500,000 rides to senior citizens, low income adults, and youth that would have otherwise gone without. These granted vans improve the quality of life for thousands of Snohomish County residents.
All non-profit organizations and agencies with 501(c)3 status, who primarily serve residents of the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA), are eligible. The PTBA serves all incorporated cities and towns in Snohomish County with the exception of the City of Everett. The PTBA also includes the Tulalip Reservation and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County.
Questions about eligibility, limits of the PTBA and other questions about the program should be directed to Debbie Anderson at (425) 438-6136 or vango at commtrans dot org.
The selection process is competitive and involves a review and evaluation process using the weighted criteria identified below. In addition to these specific criteria, geographic equity, diversity in population groups served, and whether an agency has received a grant vehicle previously will be used as balancing factors in making final decisions.
Applications are available when surplus vehicles and a grant timeline have been established.
Vehicles that are earmarked for surplus auction will instead be granted to non-profit agencies. Usually, retired Community Transit vans sold at auction, net a few thousand dollars each for the agency. By granting some of these surplus vehicles to community groups, they can continue to provide many times that value in transportation services.
Surplus vehicles to be granted in 2014 as described below:
Paper applications must be postmarked no later than September 26, 2014.
Electronic or hand-delivered applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on September 26, 2014. Electronic applications must be followed by a hard copy containing the appropriate certification signatures.
Debbie Anderson, Transportation Demand Management and Outreach Specialist
7100 Hardeson Road
Everett, WA 98203-5834
For eligibility or application questions, email vango at commtrans dot org or call (425) 438-6136.
|Application Submittal:||August 8 - September 26, 2014|
|Pre-Application Workshop||August 27, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.|
|Application Review & Scoring:||October 1 - 24, 2014|
|Vehicle Awards Ceremony:||November 6, 2014|
|Estimated Date of Vehicle Delivery to Recipients:||November 24 - 26, 2014|