MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES -- The Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority recently announced the pledges made during last fall's Millage Campaign have been fulfilled.

MOTA told the public that passage will not only assure the survival of the service MOTA provides, but would also allow for the expansion of those services.

MOTA pledges to extend evening hours to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday

MOTA pledged to expand service should the millage pass, it did and MOTA was prepared to extend evening hours April 1 -- then COVID-19 struck, setting back all plans.

COVID-19 Service

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while some other transits closed their doors, MOTA continued with reduced service in compliance with the governor's directives. MOTA offered free porch delivery of both groceries and prescriptions, MOTA continues this service to this day. This service helps to ensure safety for our citizens. MOTA also provided necessary transportation for essential medical services such as chemo therapy, dialysis, and even medically necessary rehabilitation.

Restriction Easing Expansion

With the governor easing travel restrictions, MOTA expanded our service from Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the week. MOTA also started 8 hours of service on Saturday, something never before done by MOTA. During this time, MOTA was able to acquire three new buses that are both more fuel efficient and size appropriate for our new demand response service.

Campaign Pledges Fulfilled

On Oct. 1, MOTA started expanded service on weekdays to 10 p.m. On Oct. 4, MOTA started its first Sunday service ever with a full 8 hours of availability to the public. This service fulfills MOTA's pledge to the people if they approved the millage request.

Service Beyond

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, MOTA will start new route service. Both Osceola and Mecosta counties will see two routes each Monday through Friday. MOTA continues to both think outside the box and look to the future to fulfill the needs of our citizens.