Tribe adds Stilwell-to-West Siloam Springs transit route

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
06/18/2014 08:33 AM
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Cherokee Nation Transit Clerk Lois Leach sits in a Pelivan van after work on June 11 in Tahlequah, Okla. Leach, like many CN employees, ride tribal transit routes to and from work to save money. STACIE GUTHRIE/ CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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This map shows all of the current fixed-routes available through the Cherokee Nation Transit Program. The Stilwell-to-West Siloam Springs route was expected to begin June 17. COURTESY
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Transit recently added a Stilwell-to-West Siloam Springs route to the KI BOIS Area Transit System for CN employees and citizens to ride at reduced costs. The KATS route was expected to begin June 17.

CN Transit Director Michael Lynn said the route was created with CN Career Services. He said Career Services helped create CNT’s routes because it trains staff for different tribal casino operations throughout the CN jurisdiction.

“One of the routes from Tahlequah to Catoosa, as well as the Stilwell to West Siloam (Springs) that just started, were through Career Services,” Lynn said. “In fact, Career Services are actually funding those particular routes.”

Both routes fall under the fixed-route category, which means the routes are open to the public and available to those traveling to exact locations in certain timeframes. For tribal employees and citizens to receive the discounted price of 50 cents to a location or $1 for round trip, they must present their work identification badges or Certified Degree of Indian Blood or tribal citizenship cards upon pick-up.

The tribe works with three transit systems within its jurisdiction, all with fixed routes.

KATS has five fixed routes: Stilwell to West Siloam Springs, Tahlequah to Claremore, Tahlequah to Catoosa, Sallisaw to Tahlequah and Stillwell to Tahlequah.
The Pelivan Transit System, which operates in the northern part of the tribe’s jurisdiction, has four fixed routes: Pryor to Catoosa, Salina to Tahlequah, Jay to Tahlequah and Tahlequah to Catoosa routes.

The Muskogee County Transit works with the tribe for just a Muskogee-to-Tahlequah route.

There is also a demand-response category, which is available for Native Americans needing rides to health care facilities, governmental facilities, jobs, grocery shopping and other locations of this nature. For tribal citizens to receive the discounted price of 50 cents to a location or $1 for round trip, they must present their Certified Degree of Indian Blood or tribal citizenship cards upon pick-up. They must also provide a minimum of 72 hours advanced notice, if available.

“They can haul folks from their homes basically to wherever they need to go,” Lynn said. “We do not fund rides that take them to casinos or things of that nature.”

Lynn said the transit program is to help people save money by providing rides so that they don’t have to spend money driving their vehicles. He said in fiscal year 2013 the program provided nearly 55,000 rides.

“If every time they can ride the bus and save a dollar or two for fuel and wear and tear on their vehicle we feel it puts dollars back into their pocket and gives them a more disposable income,” he said.

CN Transit Clerk Lois Leach is an employee who uses the transit program. She said while using the service she saved money from not having to commute to Tahlequah from Salina.

“I think a lot of them it helps their full mileage. For me, it would be wear and tear on a car because I live on a country road,” she said. “I think that’s a big plus to be able to have another alternative if anything happened to your car, then you know you’ll be able to get to work still.”

Cherokee Nation Transit began in 2008 working with just KATS and only provided one fixed route. Since then, it has expanded to 10 fixed routes and now works with KATS, Pelivan Transit System, Muskogee County Transit and Cimarron Public Transit.

The Stilwell-to-West Siloam Springs route has a pick-up time from Stilwell at 7 a.m. Its pick-up time from West Siloam Springs is 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit transit.cherokee.org.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Transit ᎾᏞᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏔᏅ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎦᎶᏍᎩ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎾᎿ KI BOIS ᎤᏙᏢᏒ Transit System ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᏦᏗ ᎦᏲᏟᎨ ᎢᎬᏁᎸ ᏚᏂᎬᏩᎶᏛᎢ. ᎾᎿ KATS ᎡᏙᎯ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᏥᎧᎸ ᎦᎵᏆᏚᏏᏁᎢ.

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Transit ᎧᏁᏥᏙ Michael Lynn ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏃᎬᏁᎸ ᎣᎦᎵᎪᎯ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Career ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Career ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎪᏢᏅ CNT’S ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏁᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᏕᎪᏢᏒ ᏓᎢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

“ᏌᏊ ᎦᏅᏅ ᎤᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᏛᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏚᏏ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏍᏗᎵᏫᎵ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎠᏓᎴᏂ, ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎸ Career Services,” ᎤᏛᏅ Lynn. “ᏙᏳᎪᏛ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ, Career ᏗᏂᏍᏨᎸᎯᏙ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗ ᎤᎾᏈᏴᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᎩᏏᏙᎲᎢ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ.”

ᎢᏧᎳ ᏕᎦᏅᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏙᎬᏗ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏟᎶᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏙᏢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏟᎶᎥ ᏩᏥ ᎠᎢᏒ ᏱᏓᏙᎵᎦ ᎤᏁᏅᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏓ ᎡᎳᏗ ᎢᎬᏁᎸ ᏚᏂᎬᏩᎶᏛ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᏌᏆᎦᏘ ᎾᏕᏲᎸ ᎤᏃᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎾᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎾᎥ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ Ꮟ ᏄᎾᏣᏅᏂ.

ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ Transit systems ᎾᎿ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏓᏟᎶᎥᎢ, ᏂᎦᏓ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏗᎬᏁᎸ ᏧᏬᏓᏍᏗᎢ.

Kats ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎵ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ: ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᏅᏬᏘ, ᏓᎵᏆ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎦᎴᎻᎢ, ᏓᎵᏆ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎦᏚᏏ, ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᏭᎦᎷᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ.

ᎾᎿ Pelivan Transit System, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᏙᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᏗᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏍᏗᏅᏅ, ᏅᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏗᎬᏁᎸ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ: ᎧᏩᏲ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎦᏚᏏ, ᎠᎼᎯ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᏜᏴᎬ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎦᏚᏏ ᏧᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎫᏐᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Transit ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏐ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎾᎿ ᎫᏐ ᏂᏛᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎦᎷᎩ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᎦᏬᎯᎵᏴᎡᏗ--ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎤᎾᏦᏗ ᎠᏁᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᏯᏛᎾ, ᏩᏥᏂ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏂᏂᎬᎦ, ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ, ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᏳᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏐᎢ ᎢᎸᏢ ᏳᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎡᎳᏓ ᎢᎬᏁᎸ ᏓᎬᏩᎶᏛ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎧᎵ ᎾᏕᏲᎸ ᎤᏃᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᏎᎮᏓ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏓᏎᎮᏗ ᏱᎨᎫᏘᏏ.

ᎠᏎᏃ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎨᎫᏖᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎡᎵᏊᏃ ᏧᎾᏘᏅᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏚᏁᏅᏒ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Lynn. “ᏝᏃ ᏱᏓᎦᏲᏣᏘᏄᎦ ᏧᏂᏆᎾᏲᏍᏗ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ.”

Lynn ᎤᏛᏅ transit ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᎾᎵᏏᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎦᏲᏟ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎤᎾᏦᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᏂᏱᎸᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏚᏂᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎾᎠᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏯᏂᎢ.

“ᎾᎾᏣᏂᏒ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏤᎵ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᎤᎾᎵᏏᏅᏔᏅ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎤᎾᏠᏩᏛ ᎠᏂᏢᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏩᏛ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ.

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Transit ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ Lois Leach ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏗᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ transit ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎬᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎵᏏᏅᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏣᏍᎬ ᏂᏛᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎼᎯ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎦᎷᎪᎢ.
ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏣᏅᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᏯᏃ ᎨᏒ, ᎾᎿ ᏧᎬᏨᏅᏓ ᏱᎦᏦᏗ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᎠᏩᎾᎦᎶᎬ ᎠᏲᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ Ꮭ ᎠᏱᏍᏓᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎩᎶᎯᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. “ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏐᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏫᎦᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎢᏳᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ, ᏣᏅᏙ Ꮟ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏫᏣᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᏗᏣᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.”

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ transit ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏳᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏪᏌ ᏧᏙᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏌᏊ ᎪᏢᎯ ᎤᎶᎯᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ, ᎤᏁᏉᏣ ᏃᏊ ᏍᎪᎯ ᏗᎪᏢᎯ ᏧᏫᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏐ ᏪᏌ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ, Pelivan Transit System, ᎫᏐ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ transit ᎠᎴ Cimarron Public Transit.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏫᎦᎷᎩ ᎤᎭ ᎢᏴ ᏧᏭᏖᏍᏗ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ ᎦᎵᏉᎦ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏌᎾᎴᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᏭᏖᏍᏗ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏂᏛᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎯ ᏒᎯᏱᏯ ᏔᎵᏁᎢᎦ ᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ.

ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, ᏪᏓᏍᏗ transit.cherokee.org.

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