Ordering supplies from Meijer or Kroger is relatively easy. All you need to do is visit their website, sign up using an email or password, choose your preferred store location, then order the items you'll require, which will then be put in a virtual cart. The next step is to select the pick-up time of at least one day after and proceed with the purchase. Make sure that you fill in your first and last name and address in the contact information section and note that North Oakland Transportation Authority will pick up the order. You will be given an order number which you will have to provide to dispatch. Make sure that you fill in the North Oakland Transportation Authority vehicle in the vehicle description section. After you have completed this process, contact NOTA and provide your first and last name, address, day/time you were given to pick up your order, and request for your supplies to be delivered at your door. You can contact NOTA any day from Monday through Friday between 8 am and 3 pm. Keep in mind that depending on the amount of scheduled rides and the amount of pick-up/deliveries, the availability of NOTA's emergency service may vary. Since its establishment in 2001, the North Oakland Transportation Authority has played a crucial role in providing essential transportation services in the communities it serves. Time and again, the North Oakland Transportation Authority has proved its resilience by adapting to different circumstances and maintaining its service level in the community. NOTA's response after the loss of federal and state grants, and to the COVID-19 pandemic are some of the factors that highlight the commitment of the North Oakland Transportation Authority to its cause. North Oakland Transportation Authority's services have been indispensable to improving the lives of the vulnerable people in Orion, Oxford, and Addison Townships, and the villages of Leonard, Oxford, and Lake Orion. Without NOTA, the vulnerable people in these communities would suffer the most. NOTA also serves the residents of Oxford, Addison, or Orion Townships who are working and need to pick up children's food from the brown bag delivery system but cannot do so themselves. North Oakland Transportation Authority aims to meet the needs of our communities as much as possible. If you feel there is an additional need that NOTA can assist with, please feel free to contact NOTA. Please note that the availability of emergency services can be limited by the number of requests for pick-ups and deliveries. The emergency service is only for senior residents (those above 60 years old), disabled and sick residents, and exclusively caters to food and essential supplies. You should not abuse this emergency service as this will have a negative impact on the vulnerable people who genuinely need it.
Initially, for a resident to qualify for North Oakland Transportation Authority's transportation services, they had to be registered, at least 60 years old, disabled with a doctor's note, or a low-income resident. Patrons had to contact NOTA at least three days before the ride and could call NOTA to schedule trips up to one month in advance. The transportation cost was $1 each way in Orion, Oxford and Addison townships and $2 each way for transportation out of these areas. The vehicles travel east to Dequindre Road and west to M-15, south to Square Lake Road and north to Davison Lake Road. The rides for low-income residents were limited to grocery shopping, doctor's appointments, and work. On March 17, 2020, the North Oakland Transportation Authority started offering free pick up and delivery services following the COVID-19 pandemic. The motivation behind this move was to maintain the service levels during the pandemic and establish safety measures for employees and the public. As part of the preventative measures against COVID-19, North Oakland Transportation Authority will not offer transport services to people with flu-like symptoms, even with the proper auto insurance policy. If you are sick or have experienced flu-like symptoms in the previous three days, you should stay at home. North Oakland Transportation Authority currently disinfects vehicles on a daily basis, and the North Oakland Transportation Authority driver will provide you with a hand sanitizer before boarding the car. In a move to prevent senior residents and those with health conditions from contracting the coronavirus, North Oakland Transportation Authority is offering to assist residents in getting food as well as other necessities from local Meijer, Kroger, or FISH stores at zero cost. The Kroger stores at 3097 S Baldwin and 460 N Lapeer roads in Orion Township, and the Meijer store on 900N Lapeer Road, Oxford Township are all offering services allowing clients to order and make their payment online, then pick them up at the store. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, FISH does not allow anyone into their store to get food and instead make a delivery to your vehicle. If you are a senior resident, disabled, or unwell at home, the North Oakland Transportation Authority can help you pick up your delivery and bring it to your home for free. To qualify for the emergency service, you need not be an existing North Oakland Transportation Authority rider. However, you need to be a resident of Orion, Oxford, or Addison townships or Leonard, Lake Orion, or Oxford villages. It's essential to note that North Oakland Transportation Authority emergency service applies only to food and necessary supplies, but does not cover alcoholic drinks. It is also vital to keep in mind that North Oakland Transportation Authority drivers will not do any shopping or pay for items on your behalf. All they will be doing is picking up things that have been purchased and gathered through the store's service.
It is essential to give back to the communities in which we live. The best way to do this is by offering assistance to vulnerable people, including the elderly, those with disabilities, and those with meager incomes. Providing support to the most vulnerable people in our communities makes their life better off to a great extent. Many organizations give back to society in their unique ways. The North Oakland Transportation Authority also referred to as NOTA, is an example of such organizations. For several years North Oakland Transportation Authority has offered invaluable assistance to the townships of Orion, Addison, and Oxford and the villages of Leonard, Oxford, and Lake Orion. Founded in 2001, the North Oakland Transportation Authority is a transportation service that caters to residents who are either seniors, disabled, or have a low income. North Oakland Transportation Authority serves the townships of Orion, Addison and Oxford and the villages of Leonard, Oxford, and Lake Orion. Some of North Oakland Transportation Authority's services include rides for work, grocery shopping, medical appointments, and community events. The services are available from Monday through Thursday from 6 am to 6 pm, with work rides going until 9 pm. On Saturday, the rides operate from 8 am to 4 pm and are limited to Orion, Addison, and Oxford. Sunday has the lowest service hours with rides operating from 8 am to 2 pm in Orion, Addison, and Oxford. Traditionally, nearly half of North Oakland Transportation Authority's funds have been from federal and state grants, with the remaining half coming from local contributions by Training and Treatment innovations, participating governments, donations, fares, and other miscellaneous services. In 2014, federal and state grants started to be channeled to different transportation needs. For several years, NOTA had competed for these grants, and there was a growing need to create alternate revenue streams. After losing the grants that used to support the system, North Oakland Transportation Authority sought a quarter millage to raise $425,000 on August 5, 2014. NOTA had offered 37,000 rides in 2013 and had a budget of $900,000. The aim of this move was not to expand operations but to maintain the level of service. The millage would bring in about $100,000 per year to replace old vehicles. At the time, NOTA had 18 cars, of which 15 had wheelchair shafts, 30 part-time drivers, and three dispatchers, and had just relocated their offices from Oxford to Lake Orion School garage following a partnership with the district. The residents of Oxford and Orion voted in favor of the millage request for the renewal of NOTA. In Oxford Township, 3369 of the 4541 residents who cast ballots voted in favor of the millage renewal. In Orion Township, the millage received 6386 votes from the 9271 ballots cast. In Addison Township,1132 of the 1634 residents who cast ballots voted in favor of the millage renewal. The millage allowed North Oakland Transportation Authority to fund capital and operating expenses for transportation services for low income or disabled residents and seniors. The proposal allowed the authorization to obtain about $402,818 in revenue in the first year in Orion Township. Some of the funds were allocated to the Village of Lake Orion Development Authority. In Oxford Township, the proposal allowed the authorization to obtain about $207,690 in revenue in the first year. Some of the funds were allocated to the Village of Oxford Downtown Development Authority.