A new, expanded route for The Bus which serves Sedalia will become official on July 1.
Elle Wasson Duggan, co-chair of the Community Transportation Partnership (CTP) rode along with four other OATS drivers on Wednesday afternoon to get a feel for the new route. The CTP has been in existence for about 14 years and Wasson-Duggan is a founding member of the advisory board.
“We work with OATS, Salvation Army, Open Door, school counselors, Sedalia Housing Authority — all of those (organizations) who have a personal interest in transportation for their clients in the community,” she said.
The reason for the city-route expansion was simply to reach some of the areas where transportation has been a problem for residents. “OATS was doing door-to-door service to some of the trailer parks and other areas, and they felt that if they had a route service going there, that would free up a bus so we could do the half-hour response to the main areas of Sedalia,” Wasson-Duggan explained. Which was the original idea 14 years ago in 1999.
“The most important partner for the Community Transportation Partnership (CTP) is the Pettis County Community Partnership (PCCP) where we first put the transportation issue on the table in 1998,” said wasson-Duggan. “They also still do the accounting for the ads on the bus and help distribute bus pass books to the clients who need transportation.”
“We’re still trying to adjust the route so that we can meet the schedule. Every 30 minutes, there should be a bus at State Fair Shopping Center; that’s the transfer point for both buses that are running Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Route A has 11 stops and includes: State Fair Shopping Center, Walgreen’s (NE corner of Ninth and Limit), Dollar General, Save-A-Lot, Sunset Village, Aldi’s, Katy Trail Community Health, Wal-Mart, Thompson Hills Shopping Center (JC Penney and Sears), West 10th Street (Olsen Street, Family Medicine, Social Security), Bothwell Healing Arts Center, SFCC, and back to State Fair Shopping Center (Bing’s and K-Mart).
Route B also starts and ends at State Fair Shopping Center (transfer point) and includes 22 stops: Mo State Fair/Conservation Dept., Plaza Drive (near Best Western and the new Casey’s), Smith-Cotton High School, Elm Hills Mobile Home Park, SE corner of Erika and Clinton Road (TLC Pediatrics), Katy Park, SE corner of 16th and Grand (Casey’s), Medical Center Pharmacy, Centennial Park, Senior Housing on 24th Street, State Fair Shopping Center (transfer point), Bothwell Regional Health Center, Woods Supermarket, Salvation Army, Sunrise Mobile Home Park, Boonville Street Mobile Home Park, Buckner Apts., Amtrak Depot (OATS HQ), Downtown Sedalia, NE corner of Moniteau and Broadway (Break Time). Liberty Apts., and back to State Fair Shopping Center.
Each air-conditioned bus can seat 16 passengers, plus space for handicapped individuals needing a lift.
Rides cost $1.50 Monday through Saturday, and punch cards are for sale at the OATS office at 107 Pacific as well as each bus that is running. Punch cards can be purchased in increments of $5 for four rides, $15 for 12 rides, and $20 for 16 rides. Drivers do not carry change with them, it was noted. Transfers from one bus to another at State Fair Shopping Center are free, she added.
For more information, call the local OATS office at 827-26111 or visit www.oatstransit.org. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.