Welcome to OATS
OATS, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation providing specialized transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities and the rural general public in 87 Missouri counties.
Contrary to our early years, OATS no longer stands for “Older Adults Transportation Service”…our official name is OATS, Inc. OATS is a public transportation system that is available to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, color, religion, or national origin, and in fact serves a wide diversity of clientele. OATS, Inc. helps people get to work, doctor appointments, essential shopping, and other places people need to go.
Founded in 1971 by a group of seniors who saw a need for transportation, especially in rural areas, OATS has grown to be one of the largest and most unique systems of its kind in the country. As a public transportation provider, OATS buses traveled 16,050,627 miles last year to serve residents in the Show-Me State.There are more than 36,000 people in Missouri who utilize the services of OATS. Last year, 1,702,272 one-way trips were provided with a fleet of over 700 vehicles and a staff of 750.
The mission of OATS, Inc. is to provide reliable transportation for transportation disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities.
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OATS sees Outstanding Results from Wellness Program
April 15, 2013
Just three months ago OATS announced the company’s new wellness program, dubbed OATS Wellness for Life, and kicked off a statewide Biggest Loser competition. Now, twelve weeks later, the company is already seeing the benefits.
OATS Receives Grant from Boone Electric
April 3, 2013
(Columbia, Missouri, April 1, 2013)– OATS, Inc., a Missouri based not-for-profit transportation provider, announced today that it has received a grant from Boone Electric Community Trust totaling $20,000. In an effort to ensure Columbia residents are provided reliable transportation to allow them to live independently in their own community, Boone Electric Community Trust presented OATS, Inc. with a check on April 1.
OATS Staff and Board Voice Importance of Public Transportation in Missouri to Legislators
February 4, 2013
On Tuesday, January 29, OATS representatives from across the state met with their local legislators to remind them of the importance of Missouri’s public transportation system. The main message was to ask Legislator’s for their support for public transit, and remind them that OATS is an important part of Missouri’s public transportation funding. Budgetary decisions made in Jefferson City affect the services that OATS is able to provide in their local communities.
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