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OCCK Transportation will be closed February 20th

January 30, 2017

Salina, Kansas – OCCK, Inc. Transportation, including Salina CityGo, will be closed on Monday, February 20th, 2017, for a full staff training.
“We are committed to providing the best possible service to our customers,” said Debbie Atkinson, Transportation Coordinator. “In order to do that, we must take time to give additional training to our employees, including all of our drivers, dispatchers and supervisors.  ”

Transportation services will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, February 21st.

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.

About CityGo

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with five routes, noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, yellow, green and purple. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 200 fixed bus stops citywide, plus two areas designated as “Wave and Ride”. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for round trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $35 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. CityGo has been recognized for outstanding service and growth nationally and statewide by the Kansas Department of Transportation. For more information about CityGo, call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About OCCK

Since 1970, nonprofit organization OCCK Inc. has worked within the community to provide resources and education, and has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for providing employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services to persons with disabilities. Their services are available to people of any age and with varying disabilities, assisting them in their efforts to independently live and work within the community. OCCK Transportation Services provides public transportation to residents throughout North Central Kansas. Services include OCCK’s CityGo, Salina’s fixed-route bus service; Paratransit on-demand service to qualified riders; Med-A-Van non-emergency medical transport. For more information about OCCK or OCCK Transportation Services, call 785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.

CityGo® Receives $60,000 Grant to Fund New Fixed Route in North Salina; New Green Route to launch in January

SALINA, KS –  OCCK’s CityGo bus service will debut a fifth route next month in North Salina, giving residents there better, faster access to doctors, stores, and more.

The Green route will debut February 2nd in North Salina, adding 22 new stops, 5.4 miles of bi-directional service, and providing a faster connection to key places, such as Comcare, retail businesses, including the new Save-A-Lot store on Iron Street, and Lakewood Middle School. Travel times will greatly improve, as well. For instance, passengers traveling from 13th and North streets to the Sunset Dillons will be able to arrive in just 5 minutes, compared to 28 minutes now on the Blue route.

CityGo has achieved considerable success since its debut in 2008. Ridership is often at or near capacity, and total ridership in 2014 was 234,856. The familiar green buses safely and quickly shuttle more than 900 riders every day on four fixed routes (red, yellow, blue, and purple) to work, school, doctor’s appointments, and shopping. Even so, CityGo was not as easily available to residents who worked or live in North Salina. The Green route will fill this void and will ease crowding on Blue route buses. The last time CityGo launched a new route was in 2010, when the purple route debuted.

OCCK is grateful to the Earl Bane Foundation for its generous $60,000 grant, which was awarded this fall and will go toward the operation of the CityGo Green route in 2015. OCCK depends on funds from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Salina to operate CityGo. Money generated through bus fare and advertising revenue reduces OCCK’s match for KDOT funding. KDOT will contribute 70 percent of the total operating budget for the new route, and the Earl Bane Foundation grant will cover the difference. CityGo will use the reminder of the grant monies to cover the cost of two new drivers, signage, fuel, maintenance and other expenses incurred during the green route’s first year.

Passengers have agreed that the north side of Salina was underserved and would greatly benefit by the additional route. Workers will have better access to jobs on both the north and the south sides of town; reduced ride times will allow better access to retail stores; and many students at Lakewood or Central will be able to ride CityGo to class.

“I believe it would be beneficial for CityGo to have a fifth route,” said regular Raymond Mettling, a Salina resident and CityGo passenger. “There are many times during the week when the Blue route is overfull at the time it leaves 7th and Walnut, just to stay full to the brim until it completes the route.”

Another passenger, Scott Williams, added: “I ride the Blue daily. The thought on splitting the route is a good one. It would save the north end rider a lot.”

To learn more about CityGo or to see a map of the proposed route, please visit www.salinacitygo.com or call Debbie Atkinson at 785-826-1583.

About CityGo

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with four routes (soon five), noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, yellow, and purple. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 150 fixed bus stops citywide and a Wave and Ride option in select areas. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for two-way trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $35 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. For more information about CityGo, call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

CityGo® Welcomed its 100,000th rider

SALINA, KS – CityGo marked another milestone! Salina’s fixed route bus service welcomed its 100,000th rider late Monday, Oct. 26. Salinan Darlene Bryant, 58, boarded CityGo’s yellow route bus about 7:45 p.m. from a stop near Santa Fe. Darlene, a stacker at Tony’s Pizza Plant, was heading to work. The driver of the bus was Gene Melies, one of CityGo’s first drivers.

To celebrate, Darlene received a VIP CityGo pass – which entitles her to free CityGo rides through the end of the year. She also won a $50 Salina Chamber gift certificate, which may be redeemed at a number of downtown businesses.

 

“It was pretty exciting,” she said. “I don’t use it every day, probably a few times a week…I’ll use it more this winter and with the free rides.”

 

CityGo officials had predicted the 100,000th rider would board a bus this week, but the milestone happened sooner than expected. Ridership so far this year has exceeded expectations. Prior to the bus service’ debut Dec. 1, 2008, CityGo officials had hoped to hit the 60,000-ride mark. They hit that figure after just six months in service.

“We welcome more and more riders each week to CityGo,” said Debbie Atkinson, Transportation Coordinator at OCCK. “We hope to continue attracting new passengers as service expands to include more of our community, particularly when the fourth route debuts early next year.”

For more information about CityGo, visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About CityGo

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with three routes, noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, and yellow. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 115 fixed bus stops citywide. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for two-way trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $30 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. For more information about CityGo, call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About OCCK

Since 1970, nonprofit organization OCCK Inc. has worked within the community to provide resources and education, and has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for providing employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services to persons with disabilities. Their services are available to people of any age and with varying disabilities, assisting them in their efforts to independently live and work within the community. OCCK Transportation Services provides public transportation to residents throughout North Central Kansas. Services include OCCK’s CityGo, Salina’s fixed-route bus service; Paratransit on-demand service to qualified riders; Med-A-Van non-emergency medical transport; and daily intercity service between Belleville and Salina and between Ellsworth and Salina. For more information about OCCK or OCCK Transportation Services, call 785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.

CityGo® to Debut New Purple Route and “Wave and Ride” Areas

SALINA, KS – To keep up with customer demand and expand coverage, CityGo transit system will debut a fourth route next month – adding 36 new bus stops throughout Salina, four additional buses, and a new “Wave and Ride” option in select areas.

CityGo operators will launch the new purple route on Monday, April 5, serving passengers with regular and peak hours similar to the existing schedule for the blue, red, and yellow routes. The new purple route includes stops within the community that were previously covered by the yellow route, including more stops in west Salina from Crawford Street to Centennial Road, down Broadway Boulevard and further south in Salina, with stops at K-State Salina and Salina Area Technical School. The color purple was selected because of the K-State Salina bus stop.

The CityGo yellow route changes significantly to accommodate the fourth route. The yellow route will still head south on Ninth Street to Super Dillons, Kohl’s, and WalMart; however, it also goes to parts of east Salina that were not previously covered by CityGo. The updated yellow route features stops at the Saline County Dialysis office, plus a much-requested stop at the Woodland Corporate Center on Iron Avenue, which houses the Social Security Administration and Veterans’ Affairs offices. The yellow route also includes stops at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina Regional Health Center, and more.

CityGo’s red and blue routes will also change slightly on April 5. The blue route, for instance, will now feature two stops at Oakdale and Kenwood parks – one at the foot bridge into Oakdale Park and another one near Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park. It will also travel north on Marymount Road to Glen Avenue, then Fairdale Road.

Parts of the purple, yellow, and blue routes will feature a “Wave and Ride” option. In marked areas only, passengers may board the bus by simply waving to the bus driver, indicating a clear intent to board. The driver will stop at the nearest safe location – usually the far side of an intersection. Passengers are advised to wave at the driver safely and purposefully from the corner of any intersection. The Wave and Ride areas include: Cherokee Drive, from Crawford to Republic, on the purple route; Santa Fe Avenue, from Claflin to Crawford, on the yellow route; and Marymount Road, from Crawford to Glen Avenue, Glen Avenue, from Marymount Road to Fairdale Road, and Fairdale Road, from Glen Avenue to Crawford, on the blue route. Wave and Ride areas are noted with dashed lines on the revised CityGo map.

Please refer to the new CityGo map to see all of the changes to the red, blue, yellow, and purple routes. Be aware that some bus stop arrival and departure times may have changed. The map and complete bus stop schedule will appear in the Salina Journal on March 28th and April 11th, or look for copies at some area businesses, select city offices, or at OCCK offices at 1710 W. Schilling Road or 340 N. Santa Fe. The new map and schedule are also published online at www.salinacitygo.com.

All CityGo ticket pass prices are unchanged: $1 for a Single Trip Pass, ideal for one-way trips; $2 for a Day Pass, ideal for round-trips or transfers, $5 for a six-trip ticket book, and $30 for an unlimited Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free, but must board the bus with an adult. Personal care attendants can also ride free.

“We’re very excited to finally launch the new fourth route,” said Patrick Wallerius, VP/CFO at OCCK. “We look forward to serving new parts of Salina and new passengers. Requests from businesses, passengers, and community leaders, as well as careful research, were all considered when planning and adjusting the routes. We’re grateful that the community has welcomed CityGo buses to our streets with such great enthusiasm.”

CityGo, which debuted Dec. 1, 2008, provides more than 10,000 rides each month to passengers of all ages and backgrounds.

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

About CityGo

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with four routes, noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, yellow, and purple. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 150 fixed bus stops citywide, plus three areas designated as “Wave and Ride”. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for round trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $30 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. CityGo has been recognized for outstanding service and growth nationally and statewide by the Kansas Department of Transportation. For more information about CityGo, call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About OCCK

Since 1970, nonprofit organization OCCK Inc. has worked within the community to provide resources and education, and has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for providing employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services to persons with disabilities. Their services are available to people of any age and with varying disabilities, assisting them in their efforts to independently live and work within the community. OCCK Transportation Services provides public transportation to residents throughout North Central Kansas. Services include OCCK’s CityGo, Salina’s fixed-route bus service; Paratransit on-demand service to qualified riders; Med-A-Van non-emergency medical transport; and daily intercity service between Belleville and Salina and between Ellsworth and Salina. For more information about OCCK or OCCK Transportation Services, call 785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.

 

OCCK’s Patrick Wallerius Receives Environmental Hall of Fame Award

SALINA, KS – The Environmental Hall of Fame will honor Patrick Wallerius, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salina-based OCCK Inc. in a ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the OCCK Transportation Building, 340 N. Santa Fe in Salina. Dennis Lauver, President of the Salina Chamber of Commerce, will present the award on behalf of the Chamber and the Hall of Fame. Mr. Wallerius will be the first Salina recipient of the Environmental Hall of Fame Award, which has been given to a wide range of environmentally conscious individuals, corporations, and organizations since it was established in 2008. The award is for Mr. Wallerius’s role in developing Salina’s CityGo® bus system in light of the impact CityGo has had on energy use and sustainability in the Salina community.

The Environmental Hall of Fame seeks to honor dedicated community leaders and business people who take a stand for a sustainable planet in cities and towns throughout the United States. The goal of the organization is to encourage communities to make a positive difference on energy and sustainability issues. The Iowa-based organization also assists those who want to sponsor city-oriented Green Guide booklets and photo galleries to commemorate green accomplishments by individuals and organizations that have earned the Hall of Fame awards.

Past honorees include Des Moines Mayor Franklin Cownie, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Springfield, MO, Mayor James O’Neal, the American Wind Energy Association, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois Renewable Energy Association, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Whole Foods Markets, and the Sierra Club.

Founded in 1970, OCCK is a non-profit community service corporation dedicated to serving persons with disabilities in Salina, Abilene, Beloit, Concordia, and other Kansas communities. To help establish the

CityGo system, OCCK was awarded $1.082 million in public transit funding by the Kansas Department of Transportation. This money was made available for economic stimulus through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and was used by OCCK Transportation Services to purchase light-transit buses and other transit equipment and to renovate a transportation annex. OCCK operates the CityGo system in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Since CityGo’s launch on Dec. 1, 2008, OCCK has added a major new route along with numerous bus stops and revised scheduling to meet the needs of the Salina community. This fixed-route bus service welcomed its 100,000th rider before the end of its first year in operation.

OCCK has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for its successes in providing education, skill training, employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services. These services are available to people of any age and with varying physical and mental disabilities to assist them in their efforts to live independently and work within their communities. OCCK Transportation Services include Paratransit on-demand service to qualified riders, Med-A-Van non-emergency medical transport, and daily intercity service between Belleville and Salina and between Ellsworth and Salina. For more information about OCCK or OCCK Transportation Services, call
785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.

OCCK and CityGo® Proudly Support the Smoky Hill River Festival

SALINA, KS – OCCK Transportation is proud to partner with the 2010 Smoky Hill River Festival to make traveling to this favorite hometown art and entertainment event even easier. CityGo bus service, which is operated and managed by OCCK, will offer free bus rides, extended hours, a special shuttle service, and more on Friday and Saturday, June 11th and 12th, during the Festival.

CityGo passengers with a Smoky Hill River Festival admission button will receive a complimentary ride to and from the Festival at Oakdale Park in Salina, or anywhere along CityGo’s four routes. CityGo has three stops conveniently located near the park. In addition to offering free transportation, CityGo and OCCK will provide these special services:

  • CityGo will have extended service to accommodate riders who leave the Festival after normal operating hours. On June 11-12, CityGo will run a special-event service one-hour later than usual. Buses will depart from the Kenwood Park Drive footbridge, located across from the Bicentennial Center and the new Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park, on Friday at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10 p.m., and on Saturday at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. and deliver passengers to any location within the Salina city limits. Passengers will need to inform the driver of their destination upon entering. This bus will not pick up passengers from any other bus stops or locations.
  • A white OCCK shuttle bus will offer free rides to and from the Festival and a satellite parking lot located at Central High School on Crawford Street. This white OCCK shuttle bus will stop at the ticket booth next to the Central High School Football Stadium. Between 12 noon and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, this OCCK shuttle bus will take Festival goers to the 4th Street footbridge near the Salina Journal building for convenient entrance into the park. Riders can catch the shuttle at the same location for a return trip to the parking lot. The shuttle will depart from the ticket booth at the Football Stadium at the top of each hour; arrive at the 4th Street footbridge at 15 minutes past the hour; make a return stop at the Football Stadium ticket booth at 30 minutes past the hour; stop again at the 4th Street footbridge near the Salina Journal at 45 minutes past the hour; and then return to the Football Stadium ticket booth to repeat its hourly schedule.
  • Paratransit service is also available at no cost on Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for those who qualify. Service is reserved for persons with disabilities, the elderly, and their attendants and transportation should be scheduled in advance by calling 826-1583. Buses will pick up passengers at their homes with service to the west side of Oakdale Park with a return trip home during operating hours. For more information, call 826-1583. The OCCK Transportation office is closed on Saturday; the contact number for Saturday is 826-7747.
  • CityGo® does not operate on Sundays, including Sunday, June 13th.

Patrick Wallerius, VP/CFO at OCCK, said, “The Smoky Hill River Festival is a wonderful local event. CityGo and OCCK are proud to support the Festival, providing complimentary transit service and special shuttle routes to facilitate access to the Festival, now in its 34th year.”

For a complete list of Festival events, visit www.riverfestival.com, and for more information about CityGo, visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About CityGo®

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with four routes, noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, yellow, and purple. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 150 fixed bus stops citywide and a Wave and Ride option in select areas. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for two-way trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $30 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. For more information about CityGo, call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About OCCK

Since 1970, nonprofit organization OCCK Inc. has worked within the community to provide resources and education, and has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for providing employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services to persons with disabilities. Their services are available to people of any age and with varying disabilities, assisting them in their efforts to independently live and work within the community. For more information about OCCK, call 785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.

CityGo® Honored with National Transit Award

SALINA, KS – OCCK was honored nationally for the second time in as many years for its work in transportation services and for the growth and success of CityGo – the city’s fixed-route transit bus system, which expanded to include a fourth route earlier this year.

At an awards presentation Aug. 31, OCCK’s Transportation Department accepted a Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) “Excellence in Service for Most Increase in Ridership” award for 2009-2010. The award, which was presented during the 19th annual National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation, has been presented for outstanding public service to rural transit systems each year since 1984. CityGo also won the award in 2008-2009.

“We’re so proud of our staff, crew, and everyone at OCCK who works in transportation,” said Debbie Atkinson, Transportation Coordinator at OCCK. “We have high standards for the quality of service we provide; so far, we’re exceeding those standards.”

CityGo is on pace to serve 150,000 riders this year, averaging more than 3,500 passengers each week including 750 or more on busy weekdays.

OCCK is committed to providing transportation services to persons with disabilities, seniors, and the general public through a variety of programs and throughout 14 Kansas counties. Over time, OCCK has expanded its transportation services so that more people in Central Kansas can get to work, doctor’s appointments, the hospital, and more.

OCCK Transportation services are among the best of their kind in the Midwest. Services include: Salina’s CityGo fixed route system (full service coming Dec. 1); Paratransit on-demand service; Non-Emergency Medical Transportation service anywhere in Kansas for Medicaid patients; Intercity (NCK Express) service to and from Ellsworth/Salina and Belleville/Salina; and Cloud County Public Transportation.

About CityGo®

OCCK Inc., in partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation, operates and manages CityGo fixed-route transit service. CityGo spans the city from North to South and East to West with four routes, noted by colors on route maps and bus stops: red, blue, yellow, and purple. Service runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 150 fixed bus stops citywide and a Wave and Ride option in select areas. Fares for the CityGo buses are $1 for a Single-Trip Pass (recommended for one-way trips), $2 for a Day Pass (recommended for two-way trips and transfers), $5 for a 6-Trip Ticket Book, and $30 for a Monthly Pass. Children 10 and under ride free. For more information about CityGo,

call 785-826-1583 or visit www.salinacitygo.com.

About OCCK

Since 1970, nonprofit organization OCCK Inc. has worked within the community to provide resources and education, and has been recognized in Kansas and throughout the Midwest for providing employment services, assistive technology, case management, and independent-living and residential services to persons with disabilities. Their services are available to people of any age and with varying disabilities, assisting them in their efforts to independently live and work within the community. For more information about OCCK, call 785-827-9383 or visit www.occk.com.