New Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium

Reduced fares and even free fares in some travel zones will soon be available to area Native Americans to ride Pelivan Transit beginning June 1, 2010!  During Phase 1 of the new Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit program, any Native American who is residing in the Pelivan Transit service territory will be eligible for reduced or free fares to ride on the Pelivan Transit system.  Pelivan Transit is owned and operated by Grand Gateway EDA headquartered in Big Cabin, Oklahoma.  Pelivan Transit offers demand response curb-to-curb rural transportation and tribal transit services to all people through five dispatch centers serving the: City of Vinita and surrounding Craig county, City of Grove and surrounding Delaware county, City of Pryor and surrounding Mayes county, City of Miami and surrounding Ottawa county, City of Owasso and surrounding northern Tulsa county, and City of Claremore and surrounding Rogers county.  Pelivan Transit is the administrator and contractor for two awarded tribal transit grants issued to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma as primary for a Nine Tribes of Northeast Oklahoma and Pelivan Transit Consortium formed to address tribal transit needs in the Pelivan Transit service territory. The nine tribes participating in the Consortium with Pelivan Transit include the Eastern Shawnee, Miami, Modoc, Ottawa, Peoria, Quapaw, Seneca-Cayuga, Shawnee, and Wyandotte.

The Cherokee Nation also submitted a grant for tribal transit and was awarded an FTA Section 5311 (c) grant for work routes in their 14-county tribal jurisdiction area.  They contracted with Pelivan Transit to provide specific work routes interconnecting towns from Salina/Locust Grove/Tahlequah for the 8am-5pm shift from Monday through Friday and multiple routes from Pryor/Claremore/Catoosa seven days a week for the 1st shifts at Will Rogers Downs and Hard Rock Casinos.  The Cherokee Nation is also currently contracting with KATS and is developing routes with Muskogee Transit for their areas of coverage.  Debbie McGlasson, Pelivan Transit Director is a Cherokee Nation tribal member along with many other Pelivan Transit employees who are the same or registered with other Native American tribes.

Pelivan Transit has five dispatch centers ready to serve area Native Americans through the tribal transit grants.  These grants provides a subsidy for reduced and even free fares for Native American ridership.  The fares are based on zones of travel.  In order to qualify for a reduced fare under the tribal transit program, the rider who is Native American must be able to provide a CDIB Card (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) or Tribal Membership Card to verify their affiliation with the respective tribe at the time of their pick-up for the ride.  If you are a Native American and would like to ride on the Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit through Pelivan Transit then contact one of the dispatch centers listed below and ask for Tribal Transit.  Data input clerks will be available to set up your ridership transport account by telephone and/or schedule a ride.

During Phase 2 of the new Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit program, we expect in August an arrival of four ADA Shuttles buses and three ADA mini-vans to start-up eight new routes in Ottawa and Delaware counties interconnecting area cities and providing work routes daily from Monday through Friday for the 8am and 5pm shift changes.  The interconnecting routes will run from Grove/Wyandotte/Miami, Miami/Seneca, MO, and Miami/Quapaw/Baxter Springs, KS/Downstream/Joplin.  One of the new buses will be converted to CNG for alternative fueling capabilities.  This bus will be used for Ottawa county area Nutrition sites for the Elders’ lunch programs.  Three new mini-vans will be added to the existing Pelivan Transit fleet through the tribal transit.  Each of the three mini-vans will be strategically situated in the areas of Quapaw, Seneca, MO, and Wyandotte to accommodate demand response curb-to-curb requests in those areas.

We plan to begin Phase 3 in October where we will book 24-hour advance reservations from telephone and online requests.  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been developing an automated software called TransitAssistant through the University of Oklahoma and is utilizing Pelivan Transit as a pilot to further develop this program.  This opportunity has provided to Pelivan the ability to keep track of the new tribal transit ridership data.  During this summer, several smart phones will be utilized in the transit vehicles to communicate with the dispatch centers data about rides and odometer readings.  By October 1, 2010 we will encourage all riders of the Pelivan Transit and Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit to reserve their rides at least 24 hours in advance.  Same day demand response will continue to be available for a premium fare and based on availability.  Route scheduling in advance will reduce overlaps and organize multiple rides going in the same direction to reduce wasteful mileage and cost.

The Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit/Pelivan Transit/Cherokee Nation fares effective June 1, 2010 are as follows:

TRAVEL ZONES/FARES SCHEDULE & CONTACT INFORMATION

**OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**NO AGE LIMIT**NO INCOME LIMIT**

TRAVEL ZONES:

WITHIN COMBINED NINE TRIBES OF NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA TRIBAL JURISDICTIONAL AREAS IN **OTTAWA COUNTY**:

ONE WAY

All Native American CDIB Cardholders                                                               FREE

Age 60 & Older/Students K-6th Grade                                                                   $2.00

Under Age 60                                                                                                             $2.50

CITIES AND 2 MILES BEYOND CITY LIMITS OF CLAREMORE, GROVE, MIAMI, OWASSO, PRYOR, AND VINITA

ONE  WAY

Nine Tribes of NE OK Consortium Tribal Members                                           FREE

Native American CDIB Cardholders                                                                       $1.00

Age 60 & Older/Students K-6th Grade                                                                                 $2.00

Under Age 60                                                                                                              $2.50

EMPLOYMENT AND/OR ESTABLISHED ROUTES (ANY AGE) ONE  WAY

Nine Tribes of NE OK Consortium Tribal Members                                          FREE

Native American CDIB Cardholders                                                                       $1.00

All Other Riders                                                                                                        $2.00

CHEROKEE NATION ESTABLISHED ROUTES ONE WAY

All riders                                                                                                                   $  .50

Free Rides on Fridays

MIAMI TROLLEY (Any Age)                                                                                  ONE WAY

Nine Tribes of NE OK Consortium Tribal Members                                            FREE

Native American CDIB Cardholders                                                                       $  .50

All Others, Any Age                                                                                                   $1.00

VARIABLE DISTANCE/BUS LINE/AIRPORT SHUTTLE FARES

Nine Tribes of NE OK Consortium Tribal Member                                             $ .50/mile

Native American CDIB Cardholders                                                                       $1.00/mile

All Others, Any Age                                                                                                   $1.50/mile

Points of Pick-up in Pelivan Transit Service area to any destinations including metro areas

of Tulsa, OK, Joplin, MO or Fayetteville, AR.

Discount Punch Tickets are available for a savings (Purchase 10 rides and get 11th ride free)

CITY/RURAL: 11 rides for ages 60 & Over – $20.00         11 rides for ages Under 60 – $25.00

EMPLOYMENT: 11 rides for any age – $20.00

TROLLEY:  11 RIDES for any age – $10.00

Native American CDIB Cardholders – ½ Price of Each Type of Punch Cards

CITY DISPATCH TELEPHONES: SERVICES PROVIDED:

Claremore Dispatch 1/918/341-7300                       City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

Grove Dispatch         1/918/786-7516                       City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

Miami Dispatch        1/918/542-1356                       City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

Owasso Dispatch      1/918/272-6700                       City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

Pryor Dispatch          1/800/282-2014                       City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

Vinita Dispatch         1-800-282-2014                      City/Rural/Variable Demand Response

EMPLOYMENT ROUTES: ROUTES’ PICK-UP/DELIVERIES

CN Blue Line                        1/918/373-0965                       Pryor/Chouteau/Catoosa

CN Green Line         1/918/636-2257                       Pryor/WRD/Claremore/Catoosa

or   1/800/282-2014

CN Red Line             1/918/855-7886                       Salina/Locust Grove/Tahlequah

Vanpool #1                 1/918/948-3368                       Langley/Adair/Pryor/MAIP

MIAMI/NOEL Line  1/918/855-9302                       Miami/Fairland/Grove/Noel, MO

or  1/918/542-1356

Quapaw Blue Line   1/918/542-1356                       Miami/Quapaw (Pending start-up 8/10)

Wyandotte Red Line 1/918/542-1356                       Grove/Wyandotte/Seneca/Miami

Ottawa Green Line  1/918/542-1356                       Miami/Ottawa (Pending start-up 8/10)

Eastern Shawnee      1/918/542-1356                       Miami/Seneca/Wyandotte/Grove

(Pending start-up 8/10)

ENTERTAINMENT ROUTE:

Miami Trolley          1/918/542-1356                       Designated trolley stops on loop

or  1/918/855-0825                       in Miami, OK

Transit Director       1/800/482-4594, ext 33          Toll Free/Offices   1/800/482-4594

The collaborative efforts between area tribes and existing rural transportation programs has been recognized as a “best practice by the Federal Transit Administration”.  It is the mission of the area tribes’ leadership and Pelivan Transit to provide safe and reliable rural transportation and tribal transit services to all people in our service areas.  We are pleased that area Native Americans will benefit from these new tribal transit services.  For more information you may call 800/482-4594, ext. 14 or ask for Tribal Transit.

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