The purpose of Cherokee Nation’s Transit program is to provide safe, reliable, and low cost transportation for Native Americans to employment, healthcare, places of higher learning, and other vital areas.
The Cherokee Nation Transit program began in 2008 with Ki Bois Area Transit System (KATS) to provide tribal employees and the general public with low-cost transportation to employment sources, also known as a “park-n-ride” service, from Stilwell to Tahlequah. In 2009,Pelivan Transit came on board to begin the Pryor to Catoosa route and, since then, the program has expanded to include demand responsive services and additional fixed-routes through Muskogee County Transit (MCT) and Cimarron Public Transit.
The Cherokee Nation Transit program includes the following fixed-routes. These routes are open to the public for anyone needing transportation to the specified locations within the established timeframes. Fares are $1.00 round-trip or 50 cents one way with free Fridays. Click on the route to view the schedule.
Ki Bois Area Transit System (KATS)
Stilwell to Tahlequah
Stilwell to West Siloam Springs
Sallisaw to Tahlequah
Tahlequah to Claremore
Tahlequah to Catoosa
Pelivan Transit System
Pryor to Catoosa
Salina to Tahlequah
Jay to Tahlequah
Tahlequah to Catoosa
Muskogee County Transit
Muskogee to Tahlequah
The Tahlequah area contains multiple drop-off and pick-up locations. Click HERE to view a map listing the “4th Street Properties” or Click HERE to view a map listing the “Cherokee Nation Headquarters Properties”. Buses will stop at each of these locations as long as there are riders traveling to these locations on board. If you do not plan to ride in the morning but plan to ride in the evening, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to contact the transit provider.
This service is for Native Americans who are unable to utilize the fixed routes and do not qualify for New Freedom, Sooner Ride, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. The cost is 50 cents each way to each individual destination. Destinations that qualify for Demand Response rides are: places of employment, governmental facilities, healthcare facilities, or financial institutions and grocery stores nearest to your pickup location.
Riders are responsible for coordinating the pickup and drop off times with the transit provider in their area. All potential riders must provide a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) advance notice for scheduling purposes. Riders must provide proof of Indian blood (tribal membership or Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)) upon pickup. Tribal employees that are not Native American can use this service for employment purposes only and must present their employee identification card/badge upon boarding.
Below is a telephone listing for Cherokee Nation’s transit providers and the counties/areas they serve:
Adair (918) 696-4787
Sequoyah (918) 776-0848
Cherokee (918) 453-1155
Wagoner (918) 483-0050
McIntosh (918) 689-1020
Craig (800) 282-2014
Ottawa (918) 542-1356
Delaware (918) 786-7516
Rogers (918) 341-7300
Mayes (800) 282-2014
North Tulsa County (918) 272-6700
Nowata (800) 282-2014
City of Tulsa not under contract – MTTA Area
Muskogee County Transit (MCT):
Muskogee and Fort Gibson (918) 682-1721
Cimarron Public Transit:
Bartlesville and Washington County (918) 336-2233
Before changes can be made that affect an individual’s ability to ride a route, a notice is posted to allow the public time for comments and/or preparation of the upcoming change. Click here to view Public Notices of any transit issues or concerns.
What people are saying about our transit service?
“The Cherokee Nation Transit program has saved me at least $50 per week. I can ride the bus back and forth to work all week for a few cents more than the price of one gallon of gas. You just can’t beat that!” -- Michelle, Stilwell Route
“The Cherokee Nation Transit program has saved me gas money & wear and tear on my old truck. I don’t have to worry about my truck breaking down.” -- Lois, Salina Route
“$1 round trip vs. $10 a day on gas…you do the math…plus, Friday is free!” -- Trina, Stilwell Route
“The Cherokee Transit program has saved me $40.00 a week in gas.” -- Brad, Sallisaw Route
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can Demand Response take me to my appointment in Tulsa since it was referred by Hastings?
Answer: The Demand Response Program discount is only within the Cherokee Nation boundaries. The full fare of the provider will be applied to any mileage outside the Cherokee Nation boundaries.
Can I use the Demand Response whenever I need it?
Answer: The Demand Response is in operation during the normal business days and hours of the provider. All riders must provide a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) advance notice for scheduling purposes.
I live in one service provider area but need to go to the next county, which provider do I call?
Answer: The service provider in your area of residence will be the one to contact for transit services.
Take Our Survey
The Cherokee Nation Transit program needs your input. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to take our Transit Survey. You'll be helping to provide our program with valuable information on the number of patrons in need of transit services and helps pin point the most viable routes.
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