When we talk about transit in the State of Missouri, many times that discussion is centered around the more urban areas – St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia. However, transit is playing a key role in more and more of the rural areas providing service to jobs, healthcare, and other essential trips.
For example, OATS is a private, not-for-profit transportation provider in Missouri serving 87 counties and employing more than 670 individuals in these communities. Below is a chart outlining OATS service for a one-year timeframe demonstrating its direct impact on Missouri’s economy, accessibility and importance to the smaller communities throughout the state. Without this transit service, there would be a direct impact on the state’s economy.
As discussions move forward on funding for transportation at the state level, Missouri legislators need to hear the message that transit has a direct impact on all areas of this state.
|OATS Ridership information for the period 7/1/13 – 6/30/14|
|TRIP PURPOSE||ONE-WAY TRIPS|
|EN ROUTE STOPS *||200,291|
|TOTAL MILES TRAVELED||13,154,956|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE SERVED||26,723|