KI BOIS Area Transit System

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KI BOIS Area Transit System
KATS logo.png
Headquarters 1107 Industrial Road,
Stigler, Oklahoma
Director Charla Sloan
Website Official website

KI BOIS Area Transit System, known as "KATS" for short, and frequently misspelled as the KiBois Area Transit System or Kibois Area Transit System, is a rural public transportation organization centered mostly in Southeastern Oklahoma, and specifically in the counties of Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, and Wagoner.[1] It is run by KI BOIS Community Action, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c) corporation formed in December 1968 by merger of earlier Community Action agencies in Haskell, Latimer, and LeFlore counties.[2] The primary purpose of KATS is to help poorer communities by providing low-cost access to Senior Citizen centers, grocery stores, medical services and jobs.[3]

There is no generally recognized part of Oklahoma known as the "KI BOIS area" or "KiBois area." Southeastern Oklahoma is sometimes called Little Dixie, while the official tourism designation for Southeastern Oklahoma is Kiamichi Country. The title for the agency and transportation system was derived from the names of the two mountain sub-ranges which traverse southeastern Oklahoma, being the Kiamichi Mountains and the Sans Bois Mountains.[4]