OATS Transit is available to anyone regardless of age, income, disability, race, gender, religion, or national origin.
To schedule a ride in McDonald County, call 417-887-9272 or 800-770-6287.
Listed below is the transportation schedule for McDonald County. Fares can be found at the bottom of the page.
To Noel and Southwest City:
Tuesdays and Fridays (except 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday)
2nd Tuesday of the month and 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday p.m. - Grocery run
To Anderson Food Pantry:
General transportation is available from McDonald county origination in Jane to Neosho and Joplin along the I-49 corridor via Express every Wednesday. Trips must be scheduled 48 hours in advance by calling the OATS Transit office at 1-800-770-6287.
Fares (one way):
In-town Springfield: $2.00
In-town rural communities: $2.00
Adjacent County: $4.00
Long-Distance (three counties or more): $6.00
Each addtional en route stop: $1.00
*Drivers no longer accept payment from riders on the bus. Riders can add funds to their account before riding and each time they ride the fare will be withdrawn. When calling to add funds to your account a minimum amount of $10.00 is required. You can send a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check to the OATS Transit office if you do not want to pay by credit/debit card.
Seniors age 60+ and individuals with disabilities riding under AAA contract do not have a set fare, but are asked to contribute a minimum amount for their rides. OATS Transit will provide contact information for riders to contribute directly to the applicable AAA. Space on any scheduled route is limited depending on passenger load, locations, trip purpose, and funding. Priority may be given for scheduled doctor appointments and dialysis.