Good news for those looking to get around town this October: Oskaloosa Rides is free of charge on Fridays next month.
Oskaloosa Rides, the new fixed-route bus service, began in July with a goal of meeting transportation needs. Hundreds of people in Oskaloosa don’t have regular access to a vehicle and can struggle to get to places offering healthcare, retail and human services.
Free Fridays is a way to make it even easier to use Oskaloosa Rides and gain the freedom that comes with increased mobility.
“We have a long way to go in making it common place in Oskaloosa,” says Amy Langdon, director of the United Way of Mahaska County and Oskaloosa Rides organizer. “Using public transportation is not something everyone’s 100% comfortable doing just yet. But we’re hoping with Free Fridays and different promotions, we’ll be able to show people just how easy it is to use Oskaloosa Rides.”
The first step is just getting people through the bus door. Langdon says once they trust it to be convenient and reliable, more people will use it to meet their transportation needs.
“It’s a one-hour loop all around Oskaloosa, so if you’re not quite comfortable taking it from point A to point B, why not take it for the whole route? You can get off where you got on and get to see all the possible locations the bus can take you,” Langdon says.
Oskaloosa Rides runs 9AM to 5:30PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. Kids and teens under 18 ride free; adults are $1. Monthly passes are available at Hy-Vee, Fareway, and Walmart for $15/month or $10 for people with disabilities, senior citizens and college students.
Free Fridays will run in all five Fridays in October.
For more information on Oskaloosa Rides, “Like” Oskaloosa Rides on Facebook, go to unitedwaymahaska.org/oskaloosa-rides-0 or call the United Way of Mahaska County at 641.673.6043.