OCCK Transportation will be closed on July 4th

Salina, Kansas –OCCK Transportation, including CityGo, 81 Connection and Paratransit services, will be closed on July 4th.  No vehicles or buses will run. 

CityGo service will resume on Friday, July 5, 2019, with hours of operation from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Peak routes will not be running. 

Regional Paratransit service will only be running essential trips on Friday, July 5th. 

81 Connection will be running regular routes on Friday, July 5th.

Transportation services will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 6th. 

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

Dump the Pump June 20! Ride Public Transit.

Salina, Kansas: OCCK Transportation is teaming up with transportation systems nationwide to offer free rides on all fixed routes during the 14th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  OCCK Transportation is attempting to set a new Dump the Pump Day ridership record with 2,000 rides given that day.

“Dump the Pump is a great opportunity to experience the benefit of public transportation. It saves the passenger money and helps the environment with less vehicles on the streets,” said Michelle Griffin, OCCK Transportation Director.

The Dump the Pump campaign is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  APTA first started National Dump the Pump Day in June 2006 when gas prices had reached $3 per gallon and the public demand for public transportation was growing in response to high gas prices.  OCCK Transportation wants the public to know that riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. Public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper.

Additionally, public transportation helps to make a community economically strong and competitive. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.

“With having a free ride day, our hope is to entice new riders, so leave your car behind that day and ride with us,” Griffin said.

WHAT:                 14th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE:             OCCK Transportation and transit agencies nationwide

WHEN:               Thursday, June 20, 2019

OCCK Transportation Launches KANcycle, Bike Sharing for Rural Kansas

OCCK Transportation is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting for KANcycle, bike sharing for rural Kansas, will take place Friday, June 14 at 10:15 a.m. at the 7th & Walnut transfer station.

KANcycle, a program of OCCK, Inc. Transportation, and Zagster, Inc. will be launching a new bike-share program for eight communities in North Central Kansas that will provide everyone with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring a first of its kind rural bike share program for the following communities: Belleville, Beloit, Concordia, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Mankato, Minneapolis and Salina.

“OCCK Transportation is excited to bring an additional transportation option, a way to help promote healthier communities, and an enjoyable recreational activity,” said Claire Mullen, Director of Mobility Management. “We are thrilled to bring something new to North Central Kansas like bike sharing. It is such a unique program that we are very proud of.”

Starting the middle of June, 80 bikes with 17 stations will be strategically distributed between the eight communities to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders join the program by signing up for annual memberships or pay-as-you-go. Annual memberships will be $30 with trips under 1 hour being free, student annual memberships will be $20 with trips under 1 hour being free, and pay-as-you-go will be $1.50 every 30 minutes.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, is making an initial contribution of $160,000 to provide bikes and marketing support for the first year of the KANcycle program, with the intention of helping the program grow in coming years.

“For over 75 years, we’ve made helping Kansans lead healthier lives one of our top priorities,” said Virginia Barnes, Director, Blue Health Initiatives. “Bike share encourages both active living and provides a means for community members to access resources they need to stay healthy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is proud to serve as primary sponsor for KANcycle and we look forward to helping grow the program in the next few years. “

Zagster manages all aspects of its bike-share programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and fleet rebalancing. Riding KANcycle bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to unlock the bike. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

For additional information on the program, such as launch dates, visit our Facebook page KANcycle or contact Claire Mullen, Director of Mobility Management at (785) 826-1583. Keep an eye out for our website coming soon www.kancycle.org.

OCCK Transportation and Salina CityGo Celebrate Smoky Hill River Festival With Free Rides and Extended Hours

Salina, Kansas – OCCK, Inc. Transportation, including Salina CityGo, will be offering free rides and extended hours to patrons of the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Any passengers with a River Festival button, that ride CityGo or Paratransit vehicles, will be allowed to ride for free on Thursday, June 13th, Friday, June 14th or Saturday, June 15th, 2019. 

CityGo passengers must show the drivers their buttons when they board the buses.  Paratransit riders must tell the dispatcher they have River Festival buttons when they call to schedule their rides. 

Additional hours have been added to CityGo’s schedule to accommodate River Festival hours as well.  The Blue Route will run until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13th, Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th, 2019. 

From 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Blue Route will pick up passengers at the normal stops at the Oakdale Park north entrance, the Oakdale Park east entrance, the Kenwood Park foot bridge, and Kenwood Cove.  The driver will then take passengers to stops that they request on any route. 

“We are pleased to offer this service to River Festival patrons,” said Claire Mullen, Mobility Manager. “The Festival is such a fun time for Salina and we want to make sure people are able to get to the park and stay as long as they want.  And by offering free rides, we hope to encourage people to park a little bit further away and ride the bus in to help with the traffic congestion.”

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

Get On & Go Youth Summer Bus Pass Program to Continue

Salina, Kansas –OCCK Transportation, through Salina CityGo, is continuing the successful “Get On & Go” program for Salina area youth ages 7-18. 

Youth ages 7-18 will be able to purchase a “Get On & Go” Summer Youth Bus Pass for $10.  The pass will be good for unlimited rides on Salina CityGo from June 1 to August 31. 

Youth must show the drivers their “Get On & Go” pass when they board the buses. 

Riding the bus gives kids the freedom to get around in the summer.  The “Get On & Go” Summer Youth Bus Pass is a great way for kids to get to Kenwood Cove, community centers, parks, the library, shopping and more.

The Summer Youth Bus Pass is available for purchase at OCCK Transportation, 340 N. Santa Fe; OCCK Corporate Office, 1710 W. Schilling; Bennington State Bank, 200 S. 9th St., and 2130 S. Ohio; Salina Regional Health Center Human Resources, 400 S. Santa Fe.

“We are excited to continue the Get On & Go program for the third year,” said Michelle Griffin, Transportation Director for OCCK, Inc.  “The program has continued to grow in popularity.  We are helping kids navigate around Salina, participate in summer activities and community events, while using public transit, a win-win situation for all.”

For more information call OCCK Transportation at 826-1583 or go to www.salinacitygo.com.

CityGo Running Bus Routes with New Bike Racks

OCCK Transportation announced today that bicycle racks will be available on all five local bus routes for CityGo.

Beginning Monday, April 15, bicycle racks will be available on every bus on both Peak and Regular routes, for free customer use.  The permanent installation of the racks is part of OCCK’s plan to improve transit in Salina, which seeks, among other goals, to improve bus service and increase ridership by focusing on customer service and needs.

“The addition of bike racks is another step in our plan to improve bus service and attract new ridership,” said Michelle Griffin, Transportation Director for OCCK, Inc.  “Bike racks are a great amenity for customers who want to increase their mobility and take advantage of the city’s growing network of bike lanes and trails. The racks help customers transport bikes over a long distance and our buses provide a vital connection for people who need or want to use public transit.”

The bicycle racks will be mounted to the front of the buses, providing space for two bicycles on each bus.

The racks are free to use and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers who wish to transport their bicycles must wait for a bus with an available rack. There is no age restriction on usage but the customer must be able to load and unload the bicycle safely and securely, and parents or guardians are asked to use caution when allowing minors to use the racks. Any customer who cannot safely operate the bicycle rack may be restricted from using the service.

A video instructing customers on the safe and proper use of the bicycle racks, as well as additional information, is posted at www.salinacitygo.com under Passenger Information/Bike & Go.

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

CityGo Routes on Apple Maps

OCCK Transportation is proud to announce that travel by CityGo routes can now be planned with Apple Maps.  Transit Data for the CityGo fixed route service has been available for a few months on Google Maps, but with the addition of Apple Maps, we are now able to accommodate iPhone and iPad users. 

We hope our participation in Apple Maps will encourage current ridership and connect CityGo to new active riders.  By showing the “Transit” link in every search for driving directions, Apple Maps in Salina is helping to promote public transit by informing drivers of the possible transit services they could utilize.  This service can be used on mobile phones and devices that use the Apple Maps app.

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

OCCK Transportation will have shortened hours on Presidents’ Day

Salina, Kansas – OCCK, Inc. Transportation will have shortened hours on Monday, February 18, 2019, in observation of Presidents’ Day. 

On February 18th, CityGo buses will run from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with no peak routes running. 

Paratransit and regional vehicles will run only essential trips.

81 Connection will run its normal schedule.

Transportation services will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 19th.

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

OCCK Transportation Opening Late Due to Road Conditions

Salina, Kansas – OCCK, Inc. Transportation, including Salina CityGo, Paratransit services, and 81 Connection, will open late on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, because of inclement weather and road conditions.

CityGo will begin running regular routes at 9:00 a.m.  Peak routes will start as normal at 12:30 p.m.  Most paratransit routes will also begin at 9:00 a.m.

81 Connection will not run the morning route from Belleville to Salina.  The afternoon routes will run as scheduled. 

Transportation services will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, January 24, 2019. 

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

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