Tell us a little of your transit system’s background and history. How did the system start and where is it today?

Midland Area Agency on Aging has managed public transit in Clay, Howard, Nuckolls, Merrick and Webster counties for 14 years. Just recently Midland Area Agency on Aging rebranded the transit service to Midland Public Transit and moved to a central dispatch system. We currently have 15 vehicles in our fleet.

Midland Public Transit was formed in an attempt to move away from the belief that our public transit service is only for the aging population. The public transit service we offer is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and our local communities, for all the area’s residents to utilize.

Photo of a Midland Public Transit van

How long have you served as the manager?

4 years

How does your transit system serve the local community?

Midland Public Transit schedules rides Monday through Friday 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. from our five mid-Nebraska sites: Clay, Howard, Merrick, Nuckolls, and Webster counties. We are contracted with Nebraska Total Care, United Health Care, and Well Care of Nebraska to provide Medicaid transportation to medical appointments.

What are some highlights of serving your community?

Highlights of serving our community is helping people be able to make it to appointments, work or anywhere they need to go. We are helping people lead more productive and health lives while also providing affordable transportation.

What are some challenges you see facing both your transit system and the industry as a whole?

One major challenge is educating the public that public transit is not just for the elderly or handicap. Public transit is for everyone to utilize.

About Author

Nebraska Public Transit is a program administered by the Nebraska Department of Transportation. NDOT’s Local Assistance Division is responsible for coordinating public transportation activities in Nebraska’s 93 counties and provides technical assistance as requested. NDOT receives money from the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation funds to fulfill requirements set forth by Nebraska Revised Statute 13-1204.

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