Business of the Week – Prowers Area Transit

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This week we are proud to spotlight the Prowers Area Transit.
Give them a call at: 719.336-8034

Prowers Area Transit is located in the Lamar Community Resource and Senior Center at 407 East Olive Street in Lamar, Colorado. We have been in this location since February 2002; prior to that we were located in the old senior center at the corner of 4th and Elm.

Prowers Area Transit was created in 1998, local governments and business leaders decided there was a need for public transportation in Prowers County. In the beginning we were named the ‘Seats Bus’ which was Southeastern Area Transportation Service. Later there was a public contest to name the transit. The winning selection was Prowers Area Transit ‘Prairie Dog Express’. Funding for PATS is from several entities: Colorado Department of Transportation, Community State Block Grant, Area Agency on Aging, City of Lamar, Prowers County and local funding sources.

In 2003, Prowers Area Transit was named ‘Small Transit Agency of the Year’ for the State of Colorado. In 2009, DeAnne Tyner (PATS first Director) was named ‘Transit Director of the Year’ for the State of Colorado. These awards came from Colorado Association of Small Transit Agencies at their yearly conference. We would also like to give DeAnne a VERY BIG THANK YOU for all her years of service to Prowers County and to Prowers Area Transit. She retired in 2010, after 37 years of service to Prowers County.

Prowers Area Transit has averaged over 22,000 one-way riders every year since 2003. We are a General Public Transportation which offers rides to anyone “who wishes to connect to the resources located here in Prowers County”.

We provide transit service to all of Prowers County including Lamar, Wiley, Bristol, Hartman, Granada and Holly. The requested donation is $1.50 per person one way. We do strongly suggest ’24 hours in advance reservations’ so that if it is an appointment you need to get to, we can get you there on time. For individuals living 5 miles outside the city of Lamar the requested donation is $6.00 per person either one-way or roundtrip. These rides require 24 hours in advance, reservation only. We schedule your ride 30 minutes in advance so that we can get you to your appointment on time. This is due to other riders, drivers’ schedules and other factors. Seniors over 60 years old can get a discounted rate of $1.00 per one way trip with a filled out registration form at our office. We have discounted punch tickets also, 10-punch ticket for $12.50 and a 20-punch ticket for $25.00. For the seniors over 60 years old (with registration) the punch tickets are: 10-punch ticket for $10.00 and a 20-punch ticket for $20.00.

We also offer ‘Special Occasion’ services to after-hours events with prior agreement. This can be arranged at our office or by calling 719-336-8039.

Prowers Area Transit operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We stop accepting requests for rides for the current day at 4:30 p.m. so we can get you back home prior to closing. Calls for reservations can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 719-336-8034, if you call after operating hours, please leave a message.

The staff of Prowers Area Transit would like to offer our great appreciation to the citizens of Prowers County for utilizing our service over the years. We will be starting our 15th year of service let’s try to make this our best year yet. If you have any questions about our service please feel free to call 719-336-8034 and we will answer any question.

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