Cherokee buses

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left,Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell, Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Roads Director Michael Lynn and Transportation Planner Rob Endicott stand in front of four new compressed natural gas transit buses.

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The Cherokee Nation replaced several gas-powered transit buses with new, environmentally friendly buses that run on compressed natural gas, according to a media release. 

Four new buses that will shuttle Cherokee citizens to health appointments, jobs and grocery stores recently arrived. The buses will not only save the tribe on fuel costs, but also reduce emission levels.

The Cherokee Nation bought the CNG buses using a $300,000 Federal Transit Administration grant they received last spring. Cherokee Nation was one of two tribes in Oklahoma to receive the funds.

“Transitioning our bus fleet to CNG means the Cherokee Nation transportation efforts are now more environmentally friendly, more efficient and more cost effective in the long term. By using CNG, we’ll be able to get better miles per gallon, stretch our dollars and lead by example,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

More tribal and Cherokee Nation citizens are using the subsidized transit program. In 2014, the Cherokee Nation estimates it provided 80,000 rides, up from 50,000 rides in 2013. The tribe contracts with four transportation companies to offer low-cost fixed or on-demand route transit services in northeast Oklahoma. Fixed route trips cost citizens and the public, just $1 roundtrip.

The Cherokee Nation will lease three of the CNG transit buses to Ki Bois Area Transit System, which has routes in Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties, and one bus to Pelivan Transit, which has services in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers and north Tulsa counties.

Information: (800) 256-0671 or www.transit.

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