Effective today, OCCK will be providing all general public transportation for the city of Abilene.

The recent changes within the city management structure have allowed the new partnership to develop. This venture will be a joint partnership between OCCK, the city of Abilene and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

OCCK’s transportation department will continue the same service that has been provided by the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department.

It plans to employ the same drivers, using the same vehicles.

Fares will remain consistent. Passes will be honored.

For the first two weeks fares will not be charged. Fares will resume on Monday. July 15.

There will be a new number to call. To schedule a ride, call the toll-free number 855-KSRIDES, (855) 577-4337.

Area services

OCCK has served 14 counties in north central Kansas, including Dickinson County, since 1970. It provides about 380,000 rides a year which continues to grow through:

• CityGo — Salina’s fixed route bus system that serves more than 80 percent of the city with about 200 bus stops throughout. Operated as a partnership with OCCK, the city of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

• Regional Paratransit Demand Response Service — OCCK offers Regional Paratransit, origin-to-destination, on-demand service for the general public throughout north-central Kansas, including passengers with disabilities and seniors. Riders will be picked up at their address and dropped off at their destination. Counties served include Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Osborne, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Smith.

• Med-A-Van Service — Nonemergency medical transportation to and from Salina Regional Health Center and its affiliates in 14 counties in north-central Kansas. This service is financially supported by the Salina Regional Health Foundation.

• Non-Emergency Medical Transportation — OCCK contracts with KanCare providers to provide non-emergency medical transportation throughout Kansas. Only Medicaid-recipient passengers are eligible for this service.

• 81 Connection — the newest transportation service. This fixed-route bus service runs three round trips each day from Belleville to Salina, with stops along Highway 81/135. A partnership between OCCK, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Ottawa County Transportation and Solomon Valley Transportation.

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