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Call-A-Ride service will continue

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Pontotoc County's Call-A-Ride service is running out of money. (KTEN) Pontotoc County's Call-A-Ride service is running out of money. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Ada's Call-A-Ride will continue to serve thanks to a grant that'll help them stay open for next year.

In October, Call-A-Ride in Ada was on the verge of shutting down. County Commissioner Danny Davis said the lack of employees and the need to upgrade buses put their funding well below where it needed to be.

"A lot of the grants hadn't come through. It was getting towards the end of the year. The grants come a little later so we had to subsidize it a little bit to help them get through the month,” Davis said.

After petitioning for grants throughout the county, Call-A-Ride Committee Chairman Billie Floyd said they found a perfect fit in the valley view foundation as they benefit the same people.

"Those that physically need help and are not able to drive. Since that is the big thing, and medical help, the objectives of both fit together perfectly,” Floyd said.

The $150,000 grant will help the buy three new buses and two new employees. Davis hopes this will allow the non-profit to expand in the future.

"About 98 percent of the rides are in city limits. When this gets upgraded with new buses, new drivers, we're going to branch out and serve our county like they need to be served,” Davis said.

According to Floyd, they will be able to build off of this money so that Call-A-Ride won't be in danger of closing any time soon.

“We are right now in the process of making plans for the next three years. We plan to have it on a good, sound footing in a couple of years and then we just intend to grow,” Floyd said.

Floyd asked, if you have suggestions to improve Call-A-Ride, to stop by their office on Latta Road in Ada.

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