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 8th, Friday, June 9th or Saturday, June 10th, 2017.

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 8th, Friday, June 9th or Saturday, June 10th, 2017.

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 Debbie Atkinson, Transportation Coordinator. “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.”

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.  A $10 Summer Youth Bus Pass is available for ages 7-18.  Children 6 and under ride free with a fare paying adult.

OCCK offers Regional Paratransit, origin-to-destination, on-demand service for the general public throughout North Central Kansas including passengers with disabilities and seniors. Passengers seeking Paratransit services in Salina are required to meet medical eligibility due to fixed route regulations. Riders will be picked up at their address and dropped off at their destination.  Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (Salina only).  Fares are $2 per person each way in Saline County and 10-cents per mile outside Saline County.  Personal Assistants ride free.  Children, 10 and under, ride free when accompanied by an adult and must have an age appropriate car seat.  To schedule rides, call the OCCK Transportation office at (785) 826-1583.

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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