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story.lead_photo.caption SubmittedJefferson City Transit Director Mark Mehmert accepts the 2019 Transit Champion Award for JeffTran from Kelly Turner, president of the Missouri Public Transit Association’s Board of Directors.

The Missouri Public Transit Association has recognized the Jefferson City Transit Division for its efforts in increasing efficiency and assisting emergency management during the recent flooding and the May 22 tornado.

JeffTran received the 2019 MPTA Transit Champion Award during the organization’s 2019 State Conference and Expo. MPTA Executive Director Kimberly Cella said public transit is a lifeline for residents in communities across the state.

In December 2018, JeffTran made changes to the orange, blue, green, red, yellow and black set routes. Changes increased patron use, shortened trips and made services more convenient, according to MPTA’s news release.

The organization also recognized JeffTran for driving emergency management during flooding and after the tornado hit Jefferson City.

JeffTran suspended regular service to transport storm victims to shelters and other resource centers, according to the news release.

The JeffTran buses provided a total of 522 hours and 8,548 rides from May 28 through June 28, Jefferson City Transit Director Mark Mehmert previously told the News Tribune.

Mehmert was elected president of the MPTA Board of Directors on Wednesday.

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