Facts about Pelivan Transit and the
Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium
In 2015, Pelivan Transit is Celebrating 30 years in rural transportation services. Pelivan Transit is owned and operated by Grand Gateway EDA.
Pelivan Transit was established in 1985 when a grant was written and submitted to the Federal Transit Administration to begin a rural transportation program.
The Pelivan name is derived from the Pelicans’ migration to Grand Lake thus the Slogan “Come Glide with Us”
Pelivan Transit is owned and operated by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association headquartered in Big Cabin, Oklahoma.
We are currently operating a six city and surrounding areas demand response operation (Claremore, Grove, Miami, Owasso, Pryor and Vinita) Mon-Fri from 8am-4:00pm with Claremore in addition providing Friday-Saturday Services service from 8am-8pm, and Miami Operation hours from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday, and Noon-10pm on Saturday and Sunday. These cities are situated in the northeastern Oklahoma counties of Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, northern Tulsa, and Rogers counties.
Pelivan Transit has developed and formed two consortium's with ten tribes in northeastern Oklahoma. This integration of a rural public transportation program (Section 5311) and two tribal transit programs (5311 c) were established with the Cherokee Nation from one grant and a second grant with the Nine Tribes of Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium consisting of the Eastern Shawnee, Miami, Modoc, Ottawa, Peoria, Quapaw, Seneca-Cayuga, Shawnee, and Wyandotte tribes of Oklahoma. This collaboration will provide tribal transit services to eight counties in northeastern Oklahoma.
We currently have a fleet of 58 vehicles, 50 are wheelchair accessible (8 vans, 24 ADA mini-vans, 21 ADA micro-buses (8-11 passengers, 2 are CNG conversions), 4 ADA 19-passenger buses, and one 22 passenger Trolley Replica bus). This collaboration will add 7 more leased vehicles to the fleet which will include 3 ADA mini vans, four 11-passenger buses that includes one CNG conversion.
Pelivan Transit currently has 75 employees strategically located in the various service areas to accommodate the growing ridership demands. The integrated tribal transit system will provide ten more full-time positions for drivers, dispatcher and data clerk.
Tyson Foods Inc. has utilized Pelivan Transit’s Road-to-Work Transportation services for over ten years. The Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor has started employment feeder routes providing public transportation through Pelivan Transit, and the Cherokee Nation joined Pelivan in providing new road to work and public routes from Pryor to Claremore to Catoosa and Salina to Tahlequah.
Pelivan Transit provided 179,395 passenger rides & traveled 970,370 miles during the 2016 Calendar year (01/01/2016 to 12/31/2016).
We will continue to form coalitions and consortiums with other agencies and tribes in our area to expand and enhance our existing rural public transportation services and to address gaps in transportation services being provided.