Thanks to the generosity of Ozark Regional Transit's friends and colleagues around Northwest Arkansas, the state of Arkansas, and the country, ORT is on the road to recovery much faster than expected. The outpouring of support has been incredible, and we have an immense amount of gratitude to give to the organizations that reached out in our time of need. 
Our passengers are top priority. This assistance we have received has been an incredible help in limiting the interruption to our rider's lives. Not only does ORT thank you, but our riders do too.

ORT wants to give thanks to its outstanding Board of Directors, their continued support and backing has been incomparable.

ORT wants to personally recognize Ann Gilbert and Jim Gilbert of Arkansas Transit Association, Kristen Joyner of South West Transit Association, and Scott Bogren from Community Transportation Association of America. These individuals went above and beyond to spread the word of ORT's devastation, and we cannot thank them enough.

 

RAZORBACK TRANSIT - FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS

Our amazing colleagues at the University of Arkansas and Razorback Transit have donated two Gillig Phantoms to help rebuild the new ORT fleet! "Ozark Regional Transit is so very appreciative of the University and of Razorback Transit for this gift. Words cannot express our thankfulness. This will prove to be the first, critical steps in restoring a permanent fleet and we couldn't be happier" remarked Joel Gardner, Executive Director of ORT.
Razorback Transit was kind enough to replace their name and logo with Ozark Regional Transit's name prior to delivering the two buses. However, at ORT's request, the standard, broad, red stripe of Razorback Transit were left. "We want Northwest Arkansas to have a constant reminder of where these buses came from and we want to physically express, in some small way, our ongoing gratitude to Razorback for these gifts." said Gardner. "We look forward to continually working with Razorback to bring viable public transportation to Northwest Arkansas."
U of A Razorback Transit also operated ORT Routes 1 & 2 on 01/13/17 and 01/16/17. This was such a help considering they are two of ORT's busiest routes.
Thank you Adam Waddel, Barry Schiller, and the Razorback Transit staff for your assistance! We love working with you!

Razorback9

Razorback4

Razorback10

 

RTEC - MOUNT VERNON KENTUCKY

RTEC donated a 16 passenger bus to help rebuild our new fleet. They drove 11 hours through the night to deliver the vehicle on 01/13/17. This is the first permanent addition to the new ORT fleet.
A huge THANK YOU to Shirley Cummins, James Phillips, and the RTEC team for making this happen!
 Kentucky6

Kentucky7

 

KEY WEST TRANSIT - KEY WEST FLORIDA 

Help is never too far away. We cannot express our thanks enough for the donation of THREE buses from Key West Transit in Key West, Florida! Thank you to Norman Whitaker, Shane Harmon, and the Key West Transit team for this amazing gift. We also would like to thank JB Hunt Transport Services for transporting these vehicles from Key West, Florida to Springdale, Arkansas!

KeyWest2

KeyWest3

KeyWest4

 

WICHITA TRANSIT - WICHITA KANSAS

Wichita Transit loaned ORT EIGHT buses without hesitation. They arrived 01/13/17 evening, despite the inclement weather conditions. Because of Wichita Transit's generosity, ORT is on its way back to full service.
Thank you Steve Spade and the Wichita Transit team!
 WichitaTransit1

WichitaTransit2

WichitaTransit10

 

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS TRANSIT (SEAT) - PINE BLUFF ARKANSAS

Southeast Arkansas Transit in Pine Bluff Arkansas loaned ORT two great buses that are already on route in Northwest Arkansas. Thank you Tony Barr and the team at SEAT!
 PineBluff3

 

FORT SMITH TRANSIT - FORT SMITH ARKANSAS

Fort Smith Transit had a vehicle headed our way as soon as they heard the news. We're in service because of organizations like this. Thank you to Ken Savage for your support! 
 FtSmithTransit1

 

OPEN AVENUES - ROGERS ARKANSAS

Open Avenues sent a bus to ORT's aid without delay. Thank you Brenda Neal and Open Avenues for caring about Northwest Arkansas's public transit!
 OpenAvenues1

 

GATEWAY CHURCH - GREENLAND ARKANSAS

Gateway Church in Greenland Arkansas graciously extended their only bus to assist the ORT fleet. Thanks to Tony and Tami Quinn for their generosity! 
 greenland

 

THE BUS CU TRANSIT SERVICES - SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI

Thank you to The Bus CU Transit Services of Springfield Missouri for sending us THREE great buses on Friday 01/20/17! Your assistance is greatly appreciated. A big thank you to Kelly Turner and the team at Springfield City Utilities for making this happen!

Springfield11

Springfield2

Springfield5

 

ATHENS TRANSIT - ATHENS GEORGIA

Thank you to Butch McDuffie and the Athens Transit team for sending ORT two fantastic Orion buses! We also would like to thank JB Hunt Transport Services for transporting these vehicles from Athens, Georgia to Springdale, Arkansas!

Athens1

Athens4

 

 Thank you to the organizations below that offered vehicles out of their own fleets without hesitation. Their kindness demonstrates what a great community we have in the transit industry:

 

ORT would like to extend a warm thank you to these businesses and organizations that reached out during this difficult time:

Office Hours
Monday - Friday:
8AM - 5PM
Phone
(479) 756 - 5901
Fax
(479) 756 - 2901
Administration Office
2423 E Robinson Ave
Springdale, AR 72764
Email
ortinformation@ozark.org