OATS Transit has received a $3,500 grant from Three Rivers Electric Cooperative's Helping Hands Community Foundation to purchase tablets for their buses.
The buses to get the tablets will serve residents in Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Franklin and Osage counties. These tablets help with dispatching, scheduling and routing of buses.
OATS serves people with disabilities, seniors and the rural general public. The service provides trips for medical appointments, work, essential shopping, business errands and senior center services.
"This donation is possible because of the generosity of our participating co-op members who round up their utility bills each month as a way to give back to their community through our Change for Life program," Three Rivers Electric Cooperative General Manager Roger Kloeppel said in a news release.
"Last year, we provided 1.5 million trips and covered 15.6 million miles statewide," OATS Executive Director Dorothy Yeager said. "Over 100,000 of those trips were in the seven counties for which we received the donation."
For more information about OATS, visit oatstransit.org.