Thursday, September 29, 2016

OATS celebrates 45 years serving Missourians

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Missouri OATS, Inc. celebrated its 45th year serving the citizens of Missouri.

Originally founded in 1971 by a group of individuals who saw a need for transportation, especially in rural areas, OATS has grown to be one of the largest systems of its kind in the country.

As a public transportation provider, OATS buses traveled 14.8 million miles last year in MO and was utilized by more than 32,000 Missourians. Last year, 1,594,584 one-way trips were provided with a staff of 700.

The mission of OATS, Inc. is to provide reliable transportation for transportation disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities. MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna and Multimodal Division Director Michelle Teel participated in the celebration event along with more than 1,000 transit riders.

"The high quality service OATS provides to Missourians across the state is tremendous," Teel said. "They are a national leader in providing essential transportation services, and we are proud and delighted to congratulate them on their 45th anniversary."