Community groups can apply for WTA vanpool vans

The Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) is giving away vanpool vans to nonprofits and government agencies that provide services to the community.

Vanpool vans are rented by WTA to five or more riders who determine their own route and schedule. The program aims to reduce the cost of long commutes, which can become costly for lone drivers.

WTA is allowing various community groups to undergo a competitive application process for three retired vanpool vans. The application deadline is 3 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

“While the retired vans are no longer suitable for the long daily trips required by vanpool vans, they are in good working order,” according to a WTA statement. “Both 12- and 15-passenger models are available.”

The applicants will be considered based on their ability to benefit the community, improve access to transportation and administer the program, which encompasses insuring and maintaining the van, managing transportation logistics and reporting ridership results.

“We’re excited to partner with some great local organizations, to help them meet a transportation need within our community,” said WTA general manager Pete Stark in a press release.

To apply, visit bit.ly/2Qm7lbA or contact 360/788-9312 or kimc@ridewta.com.

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