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.

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