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.

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