Ozark Regional Transit Article

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Ozark Regional Transit
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Parent Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)
Founded1982
Headquarters2423 East Robinson Ave
Locale Springdale, Arkansas
Service area Washington County, Arkansas
Benton County, Arkansas
Service type Bus service
Routes12
Stations1
Daily ridership1,157 (2014) [1]
Fuel type Diesel
Website Ozark Regional Transit

Ozark Regional Transit is the provider of mass transportation in the cities of northwestern Arkansas, including Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.

History

The roots of the organization are in a 1974 project by the Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County to provide rural transportation. By 1978, two fixed routes had been established and, in 1982, after being designated as an urban area, northwestern Arkansas formed Ozark Regional Transit and acquired federal funding. Currently, 5 local routes serve the interconnected Fayetteville and Springdale communities and two routes travel through the Rogers-Bentonville area. A commuter route travels once per day in each direction to provide a peak connection between Fayetteville and rural Washington County, while another commuter route travels all day between the four major cities.

Fire

In January 2017, an explosion and subsequent fire destroyed 20 ORT buses, leaving only six functional buses in the fleet. [2] In the subsequent weeks, transit services from around the country donated buses to ORT to restore their fleet, including Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Key West Transit, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Razorback Transit, and Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated, with many other lending buses until the fleet could be restored.

ORT Bus

Routes

References

  1. ^ "Route Summary 2014" (PDF). http://www.ozark.org/. Ozark Regional Transit. Retrieved 4 June 2015. External link in |website= ( help)
  2. ^ Gill, Todd (January 10, 2017). "Fire destroys 20 Ozark Regional Transit buses". Fayetteville Flyer. Bear State Media. Retrieved March 30, 2017.