Thanks, in part, to a grant applied for by Grand Gateway, Native Americans in northeast Oklahoma - including Ottawa, Craig and Delaware counties - now have an easier time getting around.

Effective June 1, Native Americanís residing in the Pelivan Transit service territory are eligible for reduced or free fares to ride on the Pelivan Transit System.

A new tribal transit grant has provided subsidy for the reduced fares. The fare is based on zones of travel and anyone taking advantage of the program must be able to provide the driver with a CDIB or Tribal Membership card at the time of their pick-up.

Native Americanís wishing to ride on the Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit through Pelivan Transit, should call 800-482-4594, ext. 14, or ask for Tribal Transit.

Phase 2 of the new Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit program is expected to arrive in August.

Pelivan Transit is being provided with four ADA shuttle buses and three ADA mini-vans to begin eight new routes in Ottawa and Delaware Counties, inter-connecting area cities and providing work routes daily for the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift changes. Inter-connecting routes include Miami/Wyandotte,/Grove, Miami/Seneca, Mo., and Miami/Qupaw/Baxter Springs, Kan./Downstream Casino Resort/Joplin.

One of the buses will be converted to CNG for alternative fueling capabilities. It will be used for area nutrition sites for elders lunch programs.

The three mini-vans will be situated in Quapaw, Wyandotte and Seneca, Mo., to accommodate demand response curb-to-curb requests in those areas.