Christmas Comes Early for Modus - 12/16/2019
In mid-December 2019, Modus purchased their first fleet car for the organization, thanks to a charitable donation from a private donor. This purchase marks a big milestone for the organization, which provides transportation solutions to local youth so they can access healthcare and social services. The new vehicle will allow Modus to serve even more youth clients in 2020, and is wrapped to ensure clients can easily identify their driver.
Modus Obtains 501(c)(3) Status - 8/13/2019
On Monday, August 12th, a primarily volunteer-based Tulsa non-profit that ensures youth have safe, reliable transportation to medical and social-service appointments, received their 501(c)(3) status. Modus originally began as a project for The Mine, and has been operating under Youth Services of Tulsa since 2017. Becoming their own 501(c)(3) organization will allow for more growth, giving Modus the opportunity to help more youth in the Tulsa area receive transportation to necessary appointments, and also allow them to teach more high school students how to utilize public transportation through their ModusEd program.
Modus Partners with Meals on Wheels - 5/4/2020
Tulsa, OK: Since April 10, 2020, Modus has been working with Meals on Wheels to help ensure Tulsans with limited mobility are taken care of during the pandemic. Through this partnership, Modus employees are delivering meals along-side the Meals on Wheels employees each weekday, with Modus volunteers helping from home by providing Caring Calls for Meals on Wheels’ clients.
Modus temporarily suspended rides on March 17, 2020 in an effort to keep clients, employees, and volunteers as safe as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. Work soon began to determine how the organization’s staff could be utilized to help other organizations that were to remain open through the pandemic to assist the members of our community who may be most affected. The partnership with Meals on Wheels was a seamless process, as both organizations rely on trained and vetted drivers to help Tulsans, and neither can utilize their volunteers to drive at this time. Modus will continue to assist with Meals on Wheels deliveries until it is safe for Modus to resume normal operations.
While rides are suspended temporarily, Modus is still recruiting volunteers and allowing for the majority of the on-boarding process to be completed virtually. To learn more about the organization and how you can help Tulsa’s youth who lack transportation to critical appointments, visit modustulsa.org/volunteer.
Tulsa Transit Expands Program for Tulsa Public High School Students - 8/21/2020
This school year, high school students in grades 9-12 at Tulsa Public Schools can ride the city bus free of charge, anytime of the day, and seven days a week with a valid student ID.
TPS Rides, a program offered in partnership by Tulsa Transit, Tulsa Public Schools, and Modus, was formed in 2016 in an effort to lower the school district’s transportation costs amid state budget cuts. Since the implementation of the program, Tulsa Transit has given more than 200,000 free transit rides to the district’s high school students. In previous years, the program was only available Monday-Friday; however, Tulsa Transit recently made the decision to expand the program to seven days a week to help students and families access part-time jobs and district services, such as the district’s free lunch services, tutoring, and internet hot spots. Modus, a Tulsa non-profit that trains every high school student at Tulsa Public Schools to use the city’s transit system each year through its ModusEd program, will be training the students virtually in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools.
“By transitioning TPS Rides to full week service, Tulsa Transit can provide students additional access to resources outside of the traditional classroom,” said Ted Rieck, general manager of Tulsa Transit.
In the 2019-2020 school year, 77% of Tulsa Public Schools’ students who used TPS Rides did so to access school, healthcare, work, grocery stores, social services appointments, and extra-curricular activities. With many Tulsa families struggling to access essential services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa Transit, Tulsa Public Schools, and Modus hope the TPS Rides program can help ease the burden and remove transportation barriers.
“We are excited that our students will continue to be able to get around our city safely and access the community resources and organizations that are available to Tulsans,” said Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist. “Students participating in TPS Rides have a chance to experience the independence that comes with mobility, and this service also supports students who are providing for their families. We are grateful to Tulsa Transit for continuing this important partnership.”
Health and safety
Tulsa Transit is working closely with the Tulsa Health Department to make decisions as how to keep its riders safe on public transportation. In order to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, Tulsa Transit will adhere to the most current COVID-19-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tulsa Health Department and is implementing a new set of protocols, which will be strictly enforced.
These protocols include:
- Staggered seating to ensure safe distancing;
- Limited vehicle capacity by driver discretion; and
- Wearing face masks while traveling.
To learn about what Tulsa Transit is doing to keep riders safe, visit www.tulsatransit.org.
To learn more about the TPS Rides program, visit www.tulsaschools.org/tpsrides.