Per MOTA 10.13.20: Pledges Fulfilled with more to come from MOTA
The Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority is pleased to announce that the pledges made during last fall's Millage Campaign have been fulfilled. MOTA told the public that passage will not only assure the survival of the service MOTA provides but would also allow for the expansion of those services. MOTA pledges to extend evening hours to 10 pm Monday thru Friday: MOTA pledged to expand service should the Millage pass, it did and MOTA was prepared to extend evening hours April 1st. Then Covid-19 struck setting back all plans. Covid-19 Service: At the onset of the Coivid-19 pandemic while some other transits closed their doors MOTA continued with reduced service in compliance with the Governor's directives. MOTA offered free porch delivery of both groceries and prescriptions, MOTA continues this service to this day. This service helps to ensure safety for our citizens. MOTA also provided necessary transportation for essential medical services such as chemo therapy, dialysis, and even medically necessary rehabilitation. Restriction Easing Expansion: With the Governors easing of travel restrictions MOTA expanded our service from Monday through Friday 9am to 5 pm to 8 pm during the week. MOTA also started 8 hours of service on Saturday, something never before done by MOTA. During this time MOTA was able to acquire three new buses that are both more fuel efficient and size appropriate for our new demand response service. Campaign Pledges Fulfilled: ON October 1st MOTA started expanded service on week days to 10 pm. On October 4th MOTA started its first Sunday service ever with a full 8 hours of availability to the public. This service fulfills MOTA’s pledge to the people if they approved the millage request. Service BEYOND: Starting Monday November 2nd MOTA will start new Route Service! Both Osceola and Mecosta counties will see two routes each Monday through Friday. MOTA continues to both think outside the box and look to the future to fulfill the needs of our citizens.