Help Us Celebrate Nebraska Public Transit Week


Below is a list of community activities across Nebraska to enhance the awareness of public transportation.
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  • Stuff the Bus
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • We will offer drawings upon boarding to have a chance to win a half priced trip or a free trip on the bus. We will have "swag bags" made with the bags ordered from NDOT and fill with sanitizer, kleenex, stress balls, and other little items included. We will use the umbrellas and lunch bags as door prizes.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • During driver appreciation we will have a chicken dinner and have shirts to give to the drivers.
  • Other (Swag bags for riders)
    • We will offer drawings upon boarding to have a chance to win a half priced trip or a free trip on the bus. We will have "swag bags" made with the bags ordered from NDOT and fill with sanitizer, kleenex, stress balls, and other little items included. We will use the umbrellas and lunch bags as door prizes.
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • Appreciation Day. Open to the public.
    • Free ride to and free chicken dinner and cake at Senca
    • (174 South 4th street, Tecumseh, NE)
    • (You must contact Senca 24 hrs in advance if you wish to have dinner and you must sign in otherwise you have to pay).
  • Buddy Days
    • Buddy day - two ride for one fare-trip to Nebraska City
    • Buy one ticket, get one free (limit 4 total - 4 tickets for $20).
  • Other ($1 round trip/Free round trip day! Buy one ticket, get one free)
    • 1 round trip day -within city limits
    • One free round trip within city limits for donation of non perishable item to the Food Pantry. (will collect items on bus)
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • We will be showing our appreciation for our riders! All passengers that ride with us will ride for free that day. Transportation will be within Wahoo city limits only. We will also be handing out gift bags to all riders.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • We will be celebrating our staff. Lunch will be provided for our staff and we will be handing out certificates and awards. They will also receive a small gift.
  • Buddy Days
    • Our riders can bring a friend to ride for free to Fremont on April 11, and our riders can bring a friend to ride for free to Omaha on April 13.
  • Other: Public Transportation Awareness Day
    • We will be going to various towns in the County to hand out our calendar and flyer explaining our services.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
  • Other: Newspaper Publicity
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • We thank our passengers for their patronage. Goodies will be provided to include stress buses and bus shaped cookies. Several businesses that support our local public transit will also have a goodie bag with the same items delivered to thank them.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • Dial-A- Ride drivers Jack, Kathy and Gordy bring us more than a ride each day with their smiles and amazing care along the road to our destinations. On Friday, we thank our public transit drivers for their dedication and exceptional service to riders.
  • Other:
    • Backpack day
      • All backpacks for Pre-School to 2nd grade children will be stuffed with a Transit Maze Activity page (so cleverly designed by Erin Skoog!!) . All completed mazes that bring the bus to school and returned within one week will be entered in a drawing for a youth T-Shirt. Drawing made the following Tuesday.
    • Water Wednesday
      • The cost of a one way ride is as simple as a bottle of water so Dial-A- Ride Drivers will be providing a bottle of water to each rider on Wednesday.
    • Thrifty Transit with Thriftway Market on Thursday
      • Go GREEN with Dial-A- Ride Public Transit and Thriftway Market! Spare the fuel expense and plastic bag for a ride with Dial-A- Ride and a cloth grocery bag from Thriftway Market. The first 300 customers at Thriftway Market on Thursday will receive a cloth grocery bag compliments of Nebraska Public Transit Week!
  • On March 1st and 2nd we also had a booth at the 2nd Annual Antelope County Ag & Home Expo. We advertised 2017 Public Transit Week and had visitors play "Plinko." Participants answered a transit question and won a sweet treat prize.
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • All passengers will receive the free items offered through the NDOT for Public Transit Week. In addition to these items, ENOA will be distributing free note pads and sticky note pads to passengers with our program information at the bottom. Current passengers will be encouraged to share a free roundtrip ride coupon to friends/family/neighbors who have never ridden with our program before.
  • Other:
    • Free roundtrip coupons for new passengers
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • Passengers riding during the week will have their name entered into a drawing for free rides
    • rolls and coffee for staff
    • Place transit signs around town
    • Place the proclamation in our newspaper
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • All riders for the day will be put in for a drawing for a $5.00 Pass.
    • All riders for the day will be put in for a drawing for a $5.00 Pass. All none winners will be put in a drawing for a $20.00 Pass. Driver will be recognized. Person who referred the most first time riders will win a Prize.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
  • Other:
    • Bring or Refer a New Friend Day!
  • Veteran’s Appreciation/Passenger Appreciation Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • We will have an open house from 10-2 with giveaways and snacks. Staff will take turns coming to greet visitors and enjoy the treats.
  • The week prior we will be meeting with the County Commissioners and Mayor for proclamation signings and informational presentations regarding Seward County Public Transit. We kick off our PT week events on April 5th at the Seward County Health Fair where over 1000 people take part and visit local information booths.
  • Each day during PT Week we will be giving appreciation giveaways to our riders and recognizing individuals who bring a friend with them for a trip on the Transit vehicle. Giveaways include umbrellas, lunch boxes, travel mugs, pens and notepads. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Seward County Public Transit will be hosting lunch presentations at the three (3) local senior centers in Seward County and will be distributing information and giveaways. Throughout the week, riders will be participating in "Spot the Balloon" contests and entered into drawings for different prizes. This year we will be offering a presentation and brownie sundaes at Linden Village (HUD Housing Facility).
  • Also, new this year, we are working with a Concordia Student intern to create a focus group of Concordia Students to determine their transportation needs and offer two outreach events information and lanyards with Seward County Public Transit logo and phone number.
  • Stuff the Bus - We will stuff our bus with grocery, furniture and household items to be split between the Volunteers of America and local churches. Goes from April 10-14.
  • Veterans Appreciation
    • Vets are FREE
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • FREE Ride to the Center for Lunch and back home, Bring one grocery bag of recyclables to the recycling facility then get a FREE ride day, Half off rides, Free gift and drawing for a $20.00 bus pass
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • Our drivers get a polo shirt.
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • During the week, all passengers using the Plainview Handivan within the city limits of Plainview will get fee service.
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • Hand out gifts with personal thank you in each gift
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • I will buy dinner for the employees - Pizza a party or some kind of a dinner.
  • Dump the Pump
    • Free bus rides - puzzle handed out to all riders this week - prize a bus ticket
  • Let’s Make a Deal
    • Like the game show with envelopes and prizes under boxes etc. Fun!
  • Stuff the Bus
    • Stuff the bus all week long for the animals - We collect food and supplies for animals and donate to local animal organizations.
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • All week long we will have buttons that say “We Love Public Transit” – if the passengers wear that button each time they board, they get 50 cents off the cost of the ride
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • Driver Appreciation Lunch - Going to do Hot Dogs and Nachos for all drivers, families and friend to stop by and have a bite.
  • Face Book drawings all week long for the give aways and t-shirts. The passengers go crazy over the FREE Stuff...
  • Passenger Appreciation
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
  • We’ll also be doing daily drawings for prizes and a Free Ride Day
  • Passenger Appreciation
    • Monday 10th All the passengers that has rode will get little bags of the free stuff when they spot a balloon.
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • Friday Staff Appreciation Day... Taking staff out for supper.
  • Ice Cream Wednesday
    • Wednesday 12th Yumm ice cream Wednesday Take a ride with us...spot a oxen on a building and receive a free ice cream cone.
  • Buddy Day
    • Tuesday 11th Bring a new rider along an receive a surprise.
  • Open House
    • Thursday 13th Open House... Come on in and lets talk Transportation 1:00 to 3:00 Punch and cookies.
  • Additionally, all week whoever rides gets to put their name in for a drawing for a $10 ticket give away.
  • Free rides to the Senior Center for lunch, free rides for first-time riders and all Veterans, chance to win a free bus ticket for everyone that rides with us this week. These events will go on throughout the week.
  • Passenger Appreciation
  • Driver/Staff Appreciation
    • Friday, April 14th: Employee Appreciation Day!
    • Please show your appreciation by saying THANK YOU to the drivers, dispatchers & other transit employees who are dedicated to serving our communities!
  • Travel Training
    • "How Do We Get From Here to There in the Nebraska Panhandle & Beyond?"
    • Have you ever wondered what intercity public transportation is? What transportation services are available? How do I use these different services: Please join us for:
    • Travel Training from 10:00 a.m. – Noon | Panhandle Trails Bus Depot ● 816 Flack Ave. ● Alliance, NE
  • Buddy Days
    • Wednesday, April 12th and Thursday April 13th: Bring along a friend or caregiver & they receive a 50% boarding fare discount. Reservations on a first come, first served basis.
  • Dump the Pump
    • April 9th – 15th Environment - “Dump the Pump”: Collaborating with Keep Alliance Beautiful to encourage everyone to reduce their carbon footprint by walking, biking & using public transportation.
    • Wednesday, April 12th:Panhandle Transportation Coalition Meeting - 10:30 a.m. @ The Harms Center, Scottsbluff, NE
      • This meeting is for those who want to be active, working participants only.
  • Empowerment through Mobility: Those with Disabilities ride free, Caregivers or friends get 50% discount.
    • Wednesday, April 12th: Empowerment through Mobility for Those with Disabilities
    • Routes #101-104: Alliance/Angora/Bayard/Minatare/Scottsbluff/Gering/Alliance)
    • Travelers with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to try out intercity public transportation on any of our regularly scheduled routes FREE!
    • Thursday, April 13th: Empowerment through Mobility for Those with Disabilities
    • (Routes #201-203: Alliance/Hemingford/Crawford/Chadron/Sidney/Ogallala).
    • Travelers with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to try out intercity public transportation on any of our regularly scheduled routes FREE!
  • Panhandle Transportation Assessment Survey: April 1-30 Submit Completed Surveys for a chance to win 1 of 4 Visa Gift Cards
    • April 1st – 30th: Panhandle Transportation Assessment Survey - Survey Purpose: To gather meaningful community and regional input on intercity transportation needs. Please provide accurate information as it pertains to your personal transportation needs or that of someone whom you represent. Please complete separate surveys for each individual, including their contact information. All participants who complete the survey in its entirety by April 30, 2017, will have a chance to win one of four, $25 VISA gift cards. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6V9W22W (Printed copies are available upon request).
  • Passenger Appreciation: April 12 and 13
    • Passenger Appreciation providing free transit with the donation of a non-perishable food item for your local food pantry.
  • Stuff the Bus: April 12 and 13
    • Holding stuff the bus food drives in each Saline county community at various locations. Proceeds given to local food pantries.
  • We will have daily giveaways. Throughout the week we will have registration for drawings to give away bus passes.