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TranGO Expands Service

May 09, 2016

TranGO coordinated with Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition (OCTN) and created bus routes designed to link communities together in Okanogan County beginning July 1, 2016.  Schedules vary with some having local demand response service (reservations required) and some having fixed route service with deviations for paratransit eligible riders.  Buses will connect the communities of the Methow Valley with each other with 4 daily routes to Okanogan  where passengers can connect to communities in the Okanogan Valley.  Service operates Monday through Saturday.  The TranGO Board authorized fares of $1 per boarding.  Options for paying fares include monthly passes, $20 or $10 denomination passes and purchasing additional zones of travel. For residents interested in using transit to commute to work, TranGO Vanpool offers an alternative to driving alone.

Kelly Scalf, General Manager of TranGO says, “It is exciting to present the service options to the public.  The Okanogan-Omak Shuttle has been very successful over the past year, and we are certainly hoping the expansion is received with as much enthusiasm.”  Kelly, along with other staff will be at the following locations to talk with residents about the transit system, and show them the schedules and connections. Additional times and locations will be added

Dates for Service Expansion Meetings:

5/10/16 – Oroville Senior Center, 1521 Golden St, Oroville, WA 98844 12:00-1:00pm

5/16/16 – Tonasket Senior Center, 22 East 5th Tonasket, WA 98855 12:30-1:30pm

 5/19/16 – Methow Valley Community Center, 1-5pm

5/26/16 – Omak Senior Center, 214 N. Juniper Omak, WA. 98841 201 S Hwy 20 Twisp, WA 98856                           1:00-2:00pm

 “It has taken a couple of months longer than hoped to work out all of the route details,” says Scalf, “but the time was needed in order to make sure the connections all work, and to work out service coordination details.”    Okanogan County residents will benefit from the efforts of TranGO and OCTN in creating a truly coordinated system, because the service preventing duplicated service, and implementation of technology solutions to make riding easy and increase ridership.

Over the next 6 weeks, TranGO and OCTN staff plans to attend local public meetings to discuss the expansion, inform citizens about the schedules and promote ridership benefits. If you want someone to attend your gathering, please contact Kelly Scalf at 509-557-6177 to request a presentation.

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