The Bartlesville Regional United Way announced that it has provided $10,000 in funding to the Pelivan Circuit for 2017.
The Bartlesville Pelivan Circuit is a flexible fixed-route system that hopes to address the unmet transportation needs of Washington County in order to improve economic development and enhance quality of life.
It provides low-income riders with the ability to go to work, buy groceries, access free internet at the public library and make it to crucial, court-appointed meetings. Stops include Walmart, Mary Martha Outreach, Jane Phillips Medical Center, DHS and Bartlesville Public Library.
This service fits into United Way’s mission of fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. This crucial service allows low-income people to keep working even when they lack reliable transportation. The Washington County Transportation Coalition has collected numerous stories of the ways people use the service. One woman rides the bus to work at Montana Mike’s, and then walks home, often at 10 o'clock at night, while another rider uses it to get to his job at Chili’s. On weekends, when the bus doesn't run, he sometimes has to walk from his home near Homeland despite a bad knee. An elderly woman living in senior housing uses the bus to get to the hospital for her radiation treatments for cancer, as she has no one to drive her to her appointments, while another woman uses the bus to reach DHS to get WIC so she can feed her children.
"United Way's support helps this bus to continue meeting crucial needs in the community," BRUW Marketing Manager Abigail Singrey said. "This crucial service helps people maximize their resources and stay employed to provide further stability to their families.
Find a map of the Pelivan Circuit here.
Find more information on Bartlesville Regional United Way’s support of income initiatives here.