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81 Connection Passes Now Available
Monthly passes, punch cards and tickets are now available for purchase for the new fixed route bus service from Belleville to Salina, 81 Connection, for use by passengers.
Additional fare options are available for frequent riders. A six trip ticket strip (6 tickets worth $1.00 each) will be available for $5.00. A punch card with 24 punches worth $1.00 each can be purchased for $20.00. A monthly pass for unlimited rides during the current month can be purchased for $50.00.
Locations to purchase these options include OCCK Transportation, 340 N. Santa Fe, and OCCK, Inc., 1710 W. Schilling, both in Salina; Ottawa County Transportation at 817 Argyle, Minneapolis; and the Concordia Senior Center at 109 W. 7th, Concordia. At this time, drivers will not be able to sell these additional fare options.
The Salina locations will take cash, checks or credit and debit cards. The Minneapolis and Concordia locations will only take cash or checks.
Starting January 2, 2018, regular fares will apply. Basically one-way fares are $1.00 from town to town. A trip from Belleville to Salina will cost $4.00. Passengers will be able to pay a one time fare in cash each time they ride.
Passengers will pay the exact fare to the fare box on the bus. The driver will not make change.
A Salina CityGo bus pass is included in the Salina fare.
The 81 Connection bus service has three bi-directional trips each day, Monday through Friday. The first route starts in Belleville at 6:45 a.m., then heads south on Highway 81 to three stops in Concordia, a stop at the Highway 24/Highway 81 junction, a stop in Minneapolis and stops at 7th and Walnut and Wal-Mart in Salina and then heads back to north to the same stops. The bus runs this loop twice and finishes in Belleville around 5:40 p.m. each day.