Nemaha County Transit receives Transit Service of the Year Award

Nemaha County Transit receives the 2016 Transit Service of the Year Award. The award was presented by the Kansas Public Transit Association. Picture (L-R) are Regis Feldkamp, Don Strathman, Marie Weaver, Diane Yunghans, Kristi Frye and Alan Hartter.
Nemaha County Transit receives the 2016 Transit Service of the Year Award. The award was presented by the Kansas Public Transit Association. Picture (L-R) are Regis Feldkamp, Don Strathman, Marie Weaver, Diane Yunghans, Kristi Frye and Alan Hartter.

 

Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA) announced that Nemaha County Transit has received the 2016 Transit Service of the Year award. The award was presented Tuesday, Aug. 16.

KPTA said that since taking on the directorship of Nemaha County Transit (NCT) in May 2013, Diane Yunghans has gone to great lengths to promote their transportation service by identifying needs within the community.

Visiting with numerous local and regional agencies to promote public transportation, making her community aware of how Nemaha County Transit can be of assistance to residents of all ages and abilities, and adding Non-Emergency Medical Transportation to their system all contributed to increases in both ridership and revenue. The program’s popularity also meant that NCT’s fleet needed to be expanded in order to accommodate the new ridership numbers.

Most recently, Yunghans also identified the need to make their system more efficient by developing a user-friendly digital routing and ridership program. NCT now collects travel information using Google Calendar and tablet computers in each vehicle to all but eliminate the paperwork process of transportation reporting. It is through Yunghans’ tireless efforts and the willingness of her staff to implement incremental changes that benefit the program that NCT is a shining example of Excellence in Transportation.

The Nemaha County General Public Transit staff consists of Director Yunghans; Sabetha staff, Alan Hartter and Don Helmick; Seneca staff, Don Strathman, Regis Feldkamp, Kristi Frye, and Marie Weaver; and technical assistance staff, Adam Herting

“We are proud to share this award with everyone that has been a part of this technological process,” Yunghans said. “Our primary goal was to expedite the reporting process. Through this technology, we have doubled our transit income with increased ridership and community awareness. Since its development we have had opportunities to share this technology with area transit agencies and look forward to doing more collaboration in the future.”

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