School Tripper Service

North Fork Area Transit Partners with Pierce Public Schools

Norfolk, NE – North Fork Area Transit is announcing a new partnership with Pierce Public Schools for a new general public Tripper Service running between Hadar and Pierce. Pierce Public Schools approached North Fork Area Transit for assistance with student transportation due to a shortage of bus drivers. 

The new Pierce Tripper Route will have bus stops in locations where families have indicated interest. All Tripper services are developed based upon citizen requests and school start and dismissal times. The Pierce Tripper Route will only be in service on school days. All passengers on the Tripper Service must register by contacting the North Fork Area Transit office. 

“We are excited to partner with Pierce Public Schools to be a solution for transit needs in our surrounding communities,’ stated Jeff Stewart, Executive Director.

 For questions, contact the North Fork Area Transit office at 402-379-4595 or email customerservice@northforkareatransit.com.

Student Registration Underway For New Tripper Service

North Fork Area Transit is accepting registrations through Thursday, July 21st for student transportation in Norfolk using their new Tripper service. Parents and guardians must register their children for the upcoming school year by calling 402-379-4595 or by stopping at the transit office, located in the southwest corner of the Norfolk Senior Center at 307 W. Prospect Ave. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 6:00 am-5:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. 

The new Tripper routes serve bus stops located in neighborhoods where parents have indicated interest through the registration process. Tripper routes will be developed based upon requests and school start and dismissal times. Bus stops will be located within a block or two of a child’s home. Once all passengers on the route are boarded, the bus will travel to Norfolk schools for drop-off. 

Tripper service provides additional public transit routes to supplement current ForkLift bus routes. These routes are only in service on school days. North Fork Area Transit can transport unaccompanied children, age 4 or older, to and from their destinations with this service, however adult supervision for young children is recommended at bus stop locations. The cost is $1 per person, per one-way trip or $30 per person, per month. 

Youth age 12 and up can also choose to utilize the existing ForkLift bus route system for free by going to a bus stop near them. Routes and bus time schedules can be found at northforkareatransit.com/forklift.

Due to the increased demand from the community for school transportation, Tripper service will begin in August. In the first half of 2022, youth ridership totaled approximately 3,000 one-way trips per month which equates to approximately one-third of North Fork Area Transit’s total ridership. “The new service allows us to continue to provide high-quality, safe, reliable, and efficient public transportation to students and families,” stated Jeff Stewart, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit.

For more information visit northforkareatransit.com/student. For questions, contact the North Fork Area Transit office at 402-379-4595 or email customerservice@northforkareatransit.com.

New Charter Trolley Service Launched by Partnership

NORFOLK, NE—A new partnership between Visit Norfolk Area and North Fork Area Transit is responsible for the launch of a new charter trolley service.  The joint venture fulfills a long-time goal for both organizations. Traci Jeffrey, Executive Director of Visit Norfolk Area, said, “We are always looking for new ideas to support tourism in the Norfolk area. The trolley is something we’ve been wanting to do for quite some time and it’s exciting to see it come to reality. It will provide a great experience for visitors and residents alike.”  

Visit Norfolk Area is asking the public to submit name ideas for the new trolley through the North Fork Area Transit website at northforkareatransit.com/trolley. “We’d love to have a catchy name for our trolley that is memorable and that we can make our own,” said Traci Jeffrey. 

The bright blue trolley was recently given a renovated exterior with the help of Love Signs, a local signage company. It has wooden benches that can seat up to 30 people. The trolley will be operated as a charter service through North Fork Area Transit.  The transit agency will provide a CDL driver to operate the vehicle and also handle bookings. The service area for charters will include any destination in Madison or Pierce counties. The base rental rate for the trolley is $550 plus an additional $44 per hour for the driver.

“The trolley is a great addition to the services North Fork Area Transit provides. It attracts a lot of interest wherever it goes and will be a unique part of many special events in the area,” stated Jeff Stewart, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit. 

For more information about the new service, visit northforkareatransit.com/trolley or to book call Jeff Stewart at the North Fork Area Transit office, 402-379-4595

NiteLift

New Evening Ride Service ‘NiteLift’ Now Available

NORFOLK, NE—On Monday, June 13, North Fork Area Transit launched ‘NiteLift’, a new service that offers evening, on-demand rides with curb-to-curb pick up and drop off, similar to Uber®. NiteLift operates 7 days a week, Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30 pm-12:30 am and Thursday through Saturday from 6:30 pm-2:00 am.

Riders can be picked up at any address within Norfolk city limits and travel to any destination within a 30 mile radius. Rates within Norfolk are $5 per one-way trip, per person. Rates for trips outside the city of Norfolk incrementally increase based on the number of miles. A service and rate map is available at northforkareatransit.com/nitelift.

Riders can book a ride by calling 402-379-4595. Credit card payment must be made at time of scheduling. Rides are guaranteed within 2 hours or less. Riders can also walk-up to a parked NiteLift vehicle and request an immediate ride, based on availability of the driver. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request.

North Fork Area Transit Executive Director, Jeffery Stewart states, “NiteLift is a great compliment to our other daytime services-the ForkLift bus and TeleLift schedule-ahead rides, which both end service at 6:30 pm. NiteLift is a great option for shift workers and those who need a safe ride home after enjoying some nightlife.”

For more information visit northforkareatransit.com/nitelift. To schedule a ride or for questions, contact the North Fork Area Transit office at 402-379-4595.

Public Open House

North Fork Area Transit Cuts Ribbon on ForkLift Bus Service

ForkLift Bus Service Launches in April with Free Rides

ForkLift Bus Service Launches in April with Free Rides

NORFOLK, NE—North Fork Area Transit will begin operating their much anticipated ForkLift flexroute bus service on Monday, April 4.  The service will operate Route 1 which travels between Northeast Community College and Walmart via Norfolk Avenue and Route 2 which travels between Norfolk Senior High and Sunny Meadow Medical Clinic via Pasewalk Avenue. The bus will provide service to all marked stops along the routes Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., approximately every 30 minutes. Weekend service and a third route will be added this fall. 

The public is invited to ride ForkLift for free from April 4-30. Bus schedules and route maps are available at northforkareatransit.com, on the bus, at the transit office and coming soon to the Passio Go! app. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible and have bike racks available. 

“We are very excited for the public to ride ForkLift and experience the benefits of using public transit to get around Norfolk. We appreciate the support from the City of Norfolk, as well as our generous sponsors,” stated Jeffrey Stewart, North Fork Area Transit General Manager. The agency will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 20 at the bus facility on 222 N. 4th St. in Norfolk.

In addition to the established route service, the ForkLift bus can flex off the route to provide curbside service to anyone within three-quarters of a mile from any of the marked stops. Riders can schedule this option by calling at least two hours in advance. Curbside pickup will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The demand for public transit continues to rise in Norfolk and the surrounding area. North Fork Area Transit is dedicated to providing safe, efficient, and affordable public transportation to area residents. In addition to ForkLift, the existing schedule-ahead ride service, TeleLift will continue to operate.  Newly expanded weekend hours now allows riders to book rides seven days a week. Riders must schedule curbside pickup at least 24 hours in advance. TeleLift service is available up to 30 miles around Norfolk, seven days a week.

For more information visit northforkareatransit.com. To schedule a ride or for questions, contact the North Fork Area Transit office at 402-379-4595, Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Northeast Students Ride ForkLift Free

Northeast signs agreement with North Fork Area Transit for free student transportation

NORFOLK, Neb. – Students of Northeast Community College will have an easier time getting around Norfolk beginning this fall. College officials have signed a new agreement with North Fork Area Transit to create the ‘Hawks Ride Free’ program that will allow Northeast students to ride the new ‘ForkLift’ flex-route bus at no cost beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.

“Providing this service is not just a matter of access, it addresses an equity issue as well for many of our students,” said Amanda Nipp, vice president of student services. It will remove any obstacles, especially for those who may not own a vehicle, allowing them to travel across the community whether it’s to come to class on campus, get to a medical appointment or run an errand. We are pleased to be able to offer them this wonderful opportunity.”

North Fork representatives are pleased they will be able to assist in the students’ transportation needs.

North Fork Area Transit busses will provide rides along three routes that include approximately 100 bus stops across the community. Routes 1 and 2 will begin service in April with Route 3 starting in August.

“We are so happy to be able to provide regular bus service to Northeast Community College and get students around Norfolk at no cost to them,” said Jeffrey Stewart, general manager.

Through the ‘Hawks Ride Free’ program, Northeast students will have access to two different bus routes

from campus at 801 E. Benjamin Ave. Route 1 travels between the college with stops along 1st St.,

downtown and shopping destinations in southwest Norfolk, including the Sunset Plaza Mall and Walmart.

Route 2 runs on Pasewalk Ave. between Norfolk Senior High School and the Fountain Point Medical

Community. Route 3 will stop on the Northeast campus and travel on Benjamin Ave. and 13th St. It also includes retail stores in southwest Norfolk. Students may also transfer between routes to get to their desired destination for free.

To ride ForkLift, Northeast students will simply show their Student ID for unlimited rides. The service’s  three routes will run throughout Norfolk approximately every 30 minutes, Mondays-Saturdays, from 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on Sundays.

The flex-route service begins in the community this spring. The free service for Northeast students, which will be financed through student fees, will start this fall.

North Fork Area Transit Introduces New Management Team

Public Information Open House