Follow Us



The OTO is opening an extended 6-week application period for its Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Program. During this application window, communities other than Nixa, Ozark, Springfield, Strafford, and Willard (who applied in the previous window) are eligible to apply for approximately $354,000 in federal funds. Applications will be due on December 14, 2018 and will be approved by the Board of Directors on February 21, 2019. Awarded projects will face an expedited schedule, with projects needing to be ready for construction obligation by September 30, 2020.

The OTO highly recommends reviewing the application checklist before submitting any applications. If you have questions relating to what should be included along with your application, please feel free to reach out to us by December 7.

The Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) will be accepting applications for FTA Section 5310 funds from October 29 through December 7, 2018. These funds are for improving the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the OTO area. Non-profit human service agencies and public transportation providers are eligible to apply. The purchase of accessible vehicles is the primary project funded by this program. Applications will be made available on October 29, 2018 and will be due by 4pm on December 7, 2018. Applications will be available on this page.

The OTO will host a pre-application meeting at 12:00pm on October 29, 2018 to discuss this opportunity. Staff will talk through the application and answer questions. This is an optional meeting. Applicants who are familiar with the process do not have to attend. The meeting will be held at OTO’s offices at 2208 W Chesterfield Blvd, Suite 101, Springfield, MO.

If you have any questions about this program, please attend the meeting on October 29th or contact Andy Thomason at or 417-865-3047 x 107.

Section 5310 Application 2018


2017 Transit Coordination Plan


City Utilities is responsible for providing fixed route and paratransit public transit service to the City of Springfield. The other Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) jurisdictions are only served by a number of paratransit services.

Missouri State University also provides transit services to their students through shuttles called the Bear Line Shuttle. These shuttles run every 5 to 8 minutes with a variety of stops on the main MSU campus and downtown Springfield.

City Utilities is the designated recipient of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds. These funds for the MPO area include Section 5307 Urbanized Area Funds, Section 5309 Capital Investment grant and loan, Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funds and Section 5339 Bus and Bus facility Formula.

The MPO has the responsibility of producing several planning documents as related to federal requirements included in MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century).


Ozarks Transportation Organization Study Area Title VI for City Utilities, May 2009 (pdf)
Ozarks Transportation Organization Transit Development Plan, August 2007 (pdf)
Transit Development Plan,
CH 6 from Journey 2035 (pdf)

Ozarks Transportation Organization
Transit Coordination Plan, April 2012 (pdf)

City Utilities Transit Services
Missouri State University Transportation
Bear Line Shuttle
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)