Central Oklahoma Transit System was honored with the 2010 ‘Transit Ridership and Expanded Service Award’ by the Oklahoma Transit Association.


Central Oklahoma Transit System was honored with the 2010 ‘Transit Ridership and Expanded Service Award’ by the Oklahoma Transit Association. The announcement took place during the 13th Annual OTA Awards for Excellence banquet recently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. COTS provides service throughout Shawnee and Pottawatomie County and Seminole County.
Tina Lowery, COTS director, accepted the award from Susan Coldwater of Delta Public Transit, the OTA president.  COTS was among five transit systems were presented awards in as many statewide categories. Recipients were selected by a panel of independent media judges.
Entries for this category were judged on ridership trips over a three-year period. COTS ridership trips increased from 29,148 in 2008 to 30,749 in 2010.
Judges also took note of COTS expanded employment route service and coordination.
In an effort to improve job routes, COTS extended hours -- 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. one hour earlier each morning and three hours later each evening --Monday through Friday to accommodate non-traditional employees.
COTS also expanded into Seminole County. This followed coordination meetings with Seminole Nation Public Transit to avoid duplication of service.