PROVIDING RURAL CITIZENS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TRANSPORTATION

Cherokee Nation replaced several gas-powered transit buses with new environmentally friendly buses that run on compressed natural gas. The tribe bought the buses using a $300,000 Federal Transit Administration grant. Cherokee Nation is leasing three of the CNG buses to KI BOIS Area Transit System (KATS), which serves Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties.

“Entering into this partnership with Cherokee Nation is a win for KI BOIS Area Transit System and Cherokee Nation,” said Charla Sloan, KATS transit director. “It helped us with funding, which allowed us to increase our services to the people, and Cherokee Nation was able to provide transportation for their citizens without having to run a transit system.”


Direct
Output
Employment
Income
CN Direct Contribution
--
--
--
CN Vendor Purchases
$959,041
 
 
Indirect
 
 
 
CN Vendor Response
$273,590
29
$343,664
Induced
 
 
 
CN/Vendor Employee Spending
$3,275,927
27
$832,467

TOTAL

$4,508,558
56
$1,176,131
Wagoner County economic impacts stem from purchases from local vendors and employee spending in the Wagoner County economy. Total economic impacts exceed $4.5 million in locally produced goods and services, supporting 56 local jobs and more than $1 million in local income payments.

Note that in all economic impact tables, column values may not total due to rounding.