Organization celebrating installation of first bus shelter in the community

Organization celebrating installation of first bus shelter in the community

Kirk-Tran is now getting something new, while still offering its current two services: a deviated fixed route with fixed stops throughout Kirksville, and a demand-response, where riders can schedule a time to be picked up from the curb.

But the newest seats on the Kirk-Tran stop stay in one place and aren’t on a bus at all.

There are 20 Kirk-Tran bus stops around Kirksville, but the first bus shelter at the corner of Franklin and Randolph streets was installed just last week.

The Kirk-Tran organization is made up of all volunteers and it contracts with oats to provide buses and drivers.

“It’s accessible for wheelchairs, we serve a lot of the disabled community, it allows them to go to work and make their doctors’ appointments and things like that,” said Kirk-Tran Board of Directors President, Patti Preston.

Treasurer, Terry Combs, says Kirk-Tran makes 1,700 trips per month.

The new shelter is paid for with funds from ridership, and partners including United Way, SB40, and the City of Kirksville.

“We’ve talked about this for a number of years wanting to provide shelters at our various stops throughout town,” Preston said. “This project we’ve been working on for the last year or so, this was our first one that we’ve actually gotten installed.”

Kirk-Tran has plans to install two more shelters, and says they’ll expand and add more after that as they are able to.

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