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Purpose
The purpose of Cherokee Nation’s Transit program is to provide safe, reliable, and low cost transportation for Native Americans to employment, healthcare, places of higher learning, and other vital destinations.

History
The Cherokee Nation Transit program began in 2008 with Ki Bois Area Transit System (KATS) to provide tribal employees and the general public with low-cost transportation to employment sources, also known as a “park-n-ride” commuter-route service, from Stilwell to Tahlequah.  In 2009, Pelivan Transit came on board to begin the Pryor to Catoosa route and, since then, the program has expanded to include demand responsive services and additional commuter-routes through Muskogee County Transit (MCT) and Cimarron Public Transit.

Commuter-Routes
The Cherokee Nation Transit program includes nine (9) commuter-routes listed in the multi-purpose schedule below. These commuter-routes are arranged by the letters “A” through “J” to indicate the order and date the bus line was placed into service. All commuter-routes are open to the public for anyone needing transportation to the specified locations within the established timeframes. Fares are $1.00 round-trip or 50 cents one way with free rides on Fridays.  Scroll down below to find your route, transit provider, and time schedule. NOTE: Your destination may include a transfer to a different bus line and/or a different bus line in the morning as opposed to the evening.

Click here to open and / or download the multi-purpose schedule

Demand Response 

This service is for individuals who are unable to utilize the commuter routes and do not qualify for Sooner Ride or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance.  Destinations that qualify for Demand Response rides are: places of employment, governmental facilities, healthcare facilities, or financial institutions and grocery stores nearest to your pickup location. All buses are open to the public.

Riders are responsible for coordinating the pickup and drop off times with the transit provider in their area.  All potential riders must provide a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) advance notice for scheduling purposes. This service is based upon availability.  For purposes of documentation, Native American riders are requested to provide proof of Indian blood (tribal membership or Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)) upon pickup. Tribal employees that are not Native American are also requested to present their employee identification card/badge upon boarding.
Contact Information

Below is a telephone listing for Cherokee Nation’s transit providers and the counties/areas they serve:

KATS:
Adair (918) 696-4787
Sequoyah (918) 776-0848
Cherokee (918) 453-1155
Wagoner (918) 483-0050
McIntosh (918) 689-1020

Pelivan Transit:
Craig (800) 282-2014
Ottawa (918) 542-1356
Delaware (918) 786-7516
Rogers (918) 341-7300
Mayes (800) 282-2014
North Tulsa County (918) 272-6700
Nowata (800) 282-2014
City of Tulsa not under contract – MTTA Area

Muskogee County Transit (MCT):
Muskogee and Fort Gibson (918) 682-1721

Cimarron Public Transit:
Bartlesville and Washington County (918) 336-2233

Public Notices
Before changes can be made that affect an individual’s ability to ride a route, a notice is posted to allow the public time for comments and/or preparation of the upcoming change. Click here to view Public Notices of any transit issues or concerns.

Transit News

What people are saying about our transit service?

“The Cherokee Nation Transit program has saved me at least $50 per week. I can ride the bus back and forth to work all week for a few cents more than the price of one gallon of gas. You just can’t beat that!” -- Michelle, Stilwell Route

“The Cherokee Nation Transit program has saved me gas money & wear and tear on my old truck. I don’t have to worry about my truck breaking down.” -- Lois, Salina Route

“$1 round trip vs. $10 a day on gas…you do the math…plus, Friday is free!” -- Trina, Stilwell Route

“The Cherokee Transit program has saved me $40.00 a week in gas.” -- Brad, Sallisaw Route

Frequently Asked Questions:
Can Demand Response take me to my appointment in Tulsa since it was referred by Hastings?
Answer: The Demand Response Program discount is only within the Cherokee Nation boundaries. The full fare of the provider will be applied to any mileage outside the Cherokee Nation boundaries.

Can I use the Demand Response whenever I need it?
Answer: The Demand Response is in operation during the normal business days and hours of the provider. All riders must provide a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) advance notice for scheduling purposes.

I live in one service provider area but need to go to the next county, which provider do I call?
Answer: The service provider in your area of residence will be the one to contact for transit services.

Take Our Survey
The Cherokee Nation Transit program needs your input. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to take our Transit Survey.  You'll be helping to  provide our program with valuable information on the number of patrons in need of transit services and helps pin point the most viable routes.

General Contact
transit@cherokee.org; (918)-453-5731 or 1-800-256-0671