Grant helps purchase new buses for OATS

May 31, 2019

OATS Transit riders in Lincoln and Pike counties will soon be enjoying their rides in new mini buses.

Grant helps purchase new buses for OATS

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust recently presented a $2,400 Operation Round Up grant to the Missouri-based not-for-profit transportation provider.

The funds will be used toward the purchase of buses for Lincoln and Pike counties. The new buses OATS is purchasing will replace aging vehicles that are operating in both counties. The new vehicles are wheelchair accessible and equipped with on-board and back-up cameras to help with safety.

“We are grateful that organizations like the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust are dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve,” said Dorothy Yeager, executive director of OATS Transit. “Last year, we provided 1.5 million trips and covered 15.6 million miles statewide; over 51,000 of those trips were in the two counties for which we received the donation.”  

OATS Transit serves people with disabilities, seniors and the rural general public ensuring they have transportation to medical appointments, work, essential shopping, business errands and the senior center.

Contracted services are also possible with OATS for services, with special agreements available for as little as one hour or one year with an option for renewal.

For more information about OATS Transit, please visit their website at, and follow them at can also find bus schedules on their website.

The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources.

For more information on Operation Round Up, call 636-695-4837 or email


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