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Pelivan 30th Anniversary

  • In the year 2015, Pelivan Transit Celebrated 30 years in rural transportation services.  Pelivan Transit is owned and operated by Grand Gateway EDA and the Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium
  • 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”
  • Billie Bowen served Grand Gateway from 1985 to 2006 as the Transit Director. Debbie McGlasson served as Transit Director in the years following, till October 1, 2016 when she accepted another position within Grand Gateway as the Director of the RTPO program.  Kendra McGeady, served as Assistant Director in 2016, until her promotion to Transit Director beginning October 1, 2016
  • Today, Pelivan Transit is currently operating a six city and surrounding areas demand response operation (Claremore, Grove, Miami, Owasso, Pryor and Vinita) 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 consortiums 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 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.
  • Pelivan Transit currently has a fleet of 67 vehicles, all are mobility device accessible, and ten of them run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). 
  • Pelivan Transit currently has 88 employees strategically located in the various service areas to accommodate the growing ridership demands. 
  • The Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor has started employment feeder routes providing public transportation through Pelivan Transit. The Cherokee Nation joined with Pelivan in providing new road to work and public routes from Pryor to Claremore to Catoosa and Salina to Tahlequah.
  • Pelivan Transit provided 160,306 passenger rides & traveled 1,147,004 miles during FY 2009 (10/1/08 through 9/30/09).
  • Pelivan Transit will continue to form coalitions and consortium's with other agencies and tribes in the area to expand and enhance their existing rural public transportation services and to address gaps in transportation services being provided.
  • In 2015, Pelivan Transit and Grand Gateway opened a new maintenance facility in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. This facility allows Pelivan Transit to work on vehicles of their own fleet, and is open to government and nonprofit vehicles to be worked on as well.
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