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Grant Awards help Public Transportation Services Return to Cherokee County

Three Southeast Kansas organizations have been awarded over $25,000 to bring public transportation services to Cherokee County, thanks to a Communities Organizing to Promote Equity (COPE) grant addressing health disparities in the county.  

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK), and the Cherokee County Ambulance Association are working together to provide medical and General Public transportation options to all citizens of Cherokee County.

SEK-CAP received $9,826 for general public transportation needs. A wheelchair accessible bus is now available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Appointments are required and can be made one to seven days in advance by calling 620-724-6350. Please leave a message, calls are returned in the order they are received, and appointments are scheduled first-come, first-served. There is no charge for this service, but donations are accepted to help off-set costs.

CHC/SEK was awarded $5,000 to assist in developing a general public transportation program focusing primarily on medical appointment transportation throughout the area. With clinics in Baxter Springs and Columbus, as well as several other clinics in the region, access to healthcare will not be curtailed by a patient’s lack of a vehicle. CHC/SEK will provide rides to any health system regardless of affiliation.

Cherokee County Ambulance Association received $11,000 to go toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible passenger van capable of regional and long-distance transport.

This will allow ambulances to stay in service and local vehicles to stay within the county.

Twenty counties across the state received COPE funding. Locally, residents and experts worked together in Local Health Equity Action Teams (LHEATS) to represent, and address identified health disparities across many communities in Kansas.

In Cherokee County, transportation is identified as a primary barrier preventing many residents from accessing needed healthcare, shopping, and social activities.

During the last several months, the Cherokee County LHEAT, consisting of Jake Letner, James Wright, Betha Elliott, Douglas Mogle, Jacob Spencer, Jody Hoener, Nicole Gilmore, Terry Clugston, and Toni Spieth, along with Jamey Whitney (SEK-CAP), Scott Christiansen (SEK-CAP), and Karlea Abel (CHC/SEK) have met to analyze transit issues within the county.

The LHEAT ultimately chose to fund all three agencies, noting that the transportation needs of the county are large enough for each agency to have a viable role and program, and that each agency described a specific niche, or client type, they are best situated to serve.

The COPE funding was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national initiative to address COVID-19 health disparities in high-risk and underserved communities. 



Our General Public Transportation Services are available to everyone. These services are offered in Crawford and Neosho counties in Southeast Kansas. 

We offer several demand responsive services in those areas which require a scheduled appointment. To schedule a ride with one of those services call 620-724-6350.

The suggested donation is $1.00 for each trip; however, no one is refused service because they are unable to donate. 

Within the City of Pittsburg, we offer a deviated fixed route service, Pittsburg Area Community Transit, or P.A.C.T. This route stops at popular retail, educational, and service locations throughout the town. To access a list of locations with departure times, select the P.A.C.T schedule on the right side of this page. 

In addition, Pittsburg State University students have access to Safe Ride "The Loop," a demand responsive service, and GUS Bus, a deviated fixed route service; both are designed to transport students to their homes safely when they have no other options.

Please use the menu on the right side of this page to access more detailed information about these services and to inquire about TTY services. 

If you need additional information about our services call 620-724-8204 extension 1024.

"This project is funded in part by the Kansas Department of Transportation & the Federal Transit Administration."




Legal Publication for U.S.C. 49-5310

The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (SEK-CAP) is submitting application for U.S.C. 49-5310 federal capital grant funds to be provided through the Kansas Department of Transportation. Persons wishing to make comments on the application are requested to do so in writing no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 25, 2020. Comments can be mailed to: Jamey Whitney, Chief Executive Officer at: PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas 66743


Public Notice for Operating/Capital

The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (SEK-CAP) is submitting application for capital and operating assistance for transportation under the U.S.C.  5311 (rural public transportation) of the Federal Transit Act.  The application will be for capital funds to replace vehicle(s) in our current fleet and for operating funds to help provide transportation services in the area.  Written comments and questions regarding this application are encouraged and will be accepted until October 25, 2020, and should be sent to: Jamey Whitney, Chief Executive Officer at: PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas 66743



The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (SEK-CAP) receives Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating dollars.  This funding is utilized for the purchase of fuel, insurance, equipment maintenance, and storage. This agency is seeking Kansas Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified companies as potential vendors for these services.  Please contact Jamey Whitney, Chief Executive Officer, at PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas, 66743 if you are a DBE or are interested learning more about the DBE program.