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Retired Buses at Public Auction March 22

March 10, 2008

Nonprofit agencies can purchase vehicles at auction on March 21

Snohomish County, Wash. - Community Transit will auction off a number of vehicles, including at least 11 40-foot RTS buses, on Saturday, March 22 at the James G. Murphy Inc. auction yard in Kenmore. Nearly 40 vans also will be for sale at the event.

All of the buses were built in 1989 and are retired from Community Transit’s fleet. The RTS buses have been among the most popular with commuters because of their comfortable seats. All of the vans were part of the agency’s vanpool fleet. Most of the eight-passenger vans were built between 1995 and 1998; the 15-passengers vans all are 1999 models. Mileage on the vans ranges from about 81,000 to more than 167,000 miles. All vehicles are sold "as is" with no warranty.

On March 21, there will be an auction for nonprofit agencies only at which four vans and one of 40-foot buses will be available. To bid in the nonprofit auction a group representative must bring proof of the group’s nonprofit status. Any vehicles not sold in the nonprofit auction will be added to the regular auction on March 22. Both auctions will take place at the James G. Murphy Inc. auction yard, located at 18226 68th Ave. NE in Kenmore.

All vehicles are available for preview at the auction yard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21.

Vehicle buyers must provide a $300 deposit as soon as they are declared the auction winner, and need to provide at least a 25 percent deposit by the close of business that day. All vehicle purchases also require an $85 title and paperwork fee. Full payment is due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. The auction house accepts cash, cashier’s checks, Visa and Mastercard. Personal or business checks are accepted only if accompanied by a bank letter of guarantee.

For more information about the auction, call James G. Murphy Inc. at (425) 486-1246 or (800) 426-3008, or go to www.murphyauctions.net and look at the “Kenmore Heavy Equipment and Vehicle” sale scheduled for March 22.

As a public agency, Community Transit auctions off surplus vehicles to raise revenue that will be used for the purchase of new transportation equipment. The agency has a policy to set aside several vehicles for sale to nonprofit agencies first.

In addition, a portion of Community Transit’s surplus vehicles are not auctioned but set aside each year to be awarded to qualifying nonprofit organizations in Snohomish County through the Van GO program. That program allows these vehicles, which were originally purchased with public funds, to be used for unmet transportation needs in the county. In eight years, the Van GO program has awarded 66 vans and 18 mini-buses to non-profits throughout Snohomish County, and has been replicated at other agencies around the country.

Community Transit operates 33 local bus routes, 31 commuter routes and DART paratransit service throughout Snohomish County. It also offers carpool matching, one of the nation’s largest vanpool programs and offers transit instruction to disabled and senior citizens. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.

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