About Our Company

Veterans’ Ride Connect is the first-ever mobility management center in Oklahoma. This ground-breaking agency is the first of its kind with the six founding transit providers working together to provide transportation services to veterans. All transits are invited to join us in this noble endeavor. Veterans’ Ride Connect’s transit providers include: • Pelivan Transit • KiBois Area Transit (KATS) • Cimarron Transit • Morton Health Comprehensive Services • Muskogee County Transit • Muskogee Creek Nation

About Us

Veterans’ Ride Connect is the first-ever mobility management center in Oklahoma. This ground-breaking agency is the first of its kind with the six founding transit providers working together to provide transportation services to veterans. All transits are invited to join us in this noble endeavor.  

Transit Providers of the Veterans' Ride Connect Consortium

• Pelivan Transit
• KI BOIS Area Transit System (KATS)
• Cimarron Public Transit System
• Morton Comprehensive Health Services
• Muskogee County Transit Authority
• Muscogee (Creek) Nation

 

   Our Mission   

Establish one-call/one-click    
connectivity to  provide transit    
customers with a single point  of
contact to learn about available 
transportation resources.    
 

Our Vision

  • Provide safe and reliable transportation to enhance the quality of life of the veterans in our region
  • Fill the gaps in service for veterans’ transportation needs within our region
  • Coordinate with the Jack C. Montgomery VA Hospital and other VA clinics for medical trips
  • Improve user-friendly access to paratransit providers to book a ride

 

Who We Are

Veterans’ Ride Connect Provides 

Veterans With Safe and Reliable 

Transportation 

 

Our History

  In July 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, launched a new program called the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI) to help ensure that getting a ride to work or to a medical appointment would no longer be an obstacle for veterans or their families.

  The VTCLI awards grants to local transportation providers and other groups so they can better coordinate and deliver important transit information through “one-call” or “one-click” centers.

  The program’s scope in northeast Oklahoma was to create a 25-county "one-call" Call Center coordinating transportation in and around the Tulsa and Muskogee Veterans Administration medical clinics, incorporating urban, rural, tribal, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and VA transportation.

  The Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) was awarded two consecutive VTCLI grants for Round I and Round II of this project. The grants awarded were capital funding specifically for technology needs for transit providers to enable them to link together and to better coordinate transit information through a one-call/one-click call center. This one-call/one-click center means veterans throughout the more than 25-county region would have one phone number to call for a ride connection.

  An invitation to participate in the project went out to transit providers across the region, and six well-known and well-established transit services responded. We plan to continue to collaborate and build partnerships with other transit services in the more than 25-county region.

  Pelivan Transit in Big Cabin, Okla., offered to use its Call Center as the central hub for the project. The grants helped facilitate the upgrades needed at the existing location, bringing about a state-of-the-art call center and the technology to support it. The project was completed in late 2015.

  The six founding transit providers — Pelivan Transit, KI BOIS Area Transit (KATS), Cimarron Public Transit System, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Muskogee County Transit Authority and Muscogee (Creek) Nation — saw the need for coordinating transportation resources for veterans and understood the importance such a system would be for the veteran community of northeast Oklahoma. The transit agencies now work together as Veterans’ Ride Connect.