Delta Public Transit provides residents of McClain and Garvin Counties with reliable public transportation.
This is a demand-response form of service with no regular scheduled route.
Citizens can call the dispatch office to schedule a pick up time that suits their specific needs. Drivers are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break between 11 and 12.
Drivers will pick up passengers at their residence and take them to a variety of places including work, shopping, doctor appointments, the library, senior center and other locations within Purcell and pick them up to return home at a pre-scheduled time.
This valuable community service would not be possible in Purcell without two dedicated drivers, Horace “Mundy” Martin and Keith Andes.
Mundy, a twice retired local man, says the best part of his job is simply “Helping people and it gives me something to do.”
This is his fourth year as a driver for Delta Transit. He has one daughter and a grandson. He and his wife, Sherry, have been married for 49 years. Mundy is committed to serving the community in this way and is proud of the work he does.
Keith is a lifelong resident of the area and has been a driver for many years.
Like his coworker, Keith says the best part of the job is helping people. He also says “I like to take care of old people like me. Jesus has blessed me with good health so I can do this.”
He is a self-described working man which is very evident in his work ethic and commitment to this service. Keith has two daughters and one granddaughter. He and his wife, Carol, are approaching 60 years of marriage.
Terrell Turman is the Program Director for Delta Transit. He is proud of Keith and Mundy. He says “These guys are very good at what they do. They are very helpful to our community.”
Turman explained that Delta Transit services about 25 customers per day. The drivers try to arrive within 15 minutes of a call when possible.
“Our drivers do what big city drivers won’t”. He shared a story from some years back when he was scheduled to pick up a passenger. The passenger didn’t come out. After a moment, he went to the door and heard them yelling for help. Turman was able to call 911 and get help for that person.
“This is the kind of caring service they aim to provide,” he said.
Mundy, Keith and Turman all stated that they wish more people knew about this service and pointed out that it isn’t just for seniors even though the vehicle is parked at the senior center.
Citizens of all ages can arrange a ride to and from various places in the community. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Caregivers of those needing assistance and children under three ride for free.
Car seats are not provided however the vehicles are equipped to secure them. The vehicles are wheelchair accessible with a lift and comfortable. They are equipped with an air filtration system for public safety.
For around $10 or less round-trip, depending on location, citizens can have safe, reliable transportation around Purcell. Lexington and Wayne are also in the service area. With advanced notice, it is possible to arrange transportation to Norman and even OKC.
Individuals can purchase ride passes for $25 directly from the driver or pay cash upon pick up.
Dispatch is easy to reach. Call 1-866-THAT-BUS or 1-866-842-8287 to schedule a pick up time.
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