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.
Since then, Community Transit has granted 136 vehicles to non-profit organization in Snohomish County to provide transportation services to residents. Vehicles
that are earmarked for surplus auction are instead 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.
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.
Up to ten surplus vehicles will be granted in 2019 as described below:
Van GO Eligibility
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
Other Rules and Requirements
Selection Criteria Summary
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.
|February 8, 2019||Begin accepting application|
|February 28, 2019||Pre-application workshop|
|March 29, 2019||Deadline for submitting applications|
|April 1 - 17, 2019||Review and score application by Community Transit staff|
|May 2, 2019||Vehicle awards will be announced|
|May 20 - 24, 2019||Estimated date of vehicle delivery to recipients|
The application is available online. Please answer each question as completely as possible to accurately portray your agency, how you would use a Van GO vehicle if you are awarded and how this grant would help offset transportation difficulties within your agency.
Electronic or hand-delivered applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019. Paper applications must be postmarked no later than March 29, 2019. Applications should be sent to:
Debbie Anderson, Van GO Program
7100 Hardeson Road
Everett, WA 98203-5834
Phone/Fax: (425) 438-6136