About Us

What is Intercity Bus Service?

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) defines intercity bus service as regularly scheduled bus service for the general public that operates with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas not in close proximity, that has the capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers and that makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distance points, if such service is available. In rural states like Nebraska, intercity bus service is most often used to connect rural areas with larger urbanized areas.

Who Are We?

Panhandle Trails Intercity Public Transit is an intercity bus service in the Nebraska Panhandle. We are operated by Senior Services, Inc., which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Alliance, NE. We have over 43 years of experience in the public transportation industry. We are funded through Federal and State funds that are allocated through the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Our Mission

To connect individuals with intercity transportation resources while providing safe, efficient and affordable passage to destinations throughout the Nebraska Panhandle Region.

Our Goal

To provide passengers the initial means reach global destinations through the use of public transportation.

Our Service Area

The Nebraska Panhandle is two-thirds as broad as the rest of the state. It is approximately 100 miles east to west and 125 miles north to south, with a combined land area of 14,180.76 square miles, or about 18.45 percent of the state’s land. It comprises eleven counties, in which we will travel through 8, as well Keith County (final destination Ogallala, NE).  As we increase our fleet, it will enable us to provide a continued and expansion of services in lieu of unexpected maintenance issues, inclement weather and to permit us more flexibility in route scheduling; allowing us to reduce long layover hours and to offer further scheduling options for our passengers.

Troy Lunbery and Gary Powell, Drivers for Panhandle Trails with Nancy Eichthaler, Transit Director for Morrill County Handibus in Bridgeport, NE.

Our Routes

Our bus schedules have been created to coordinate with other service providers. Not only are individuals able to commute to and from other modes of transportation in various communities of the Panhandle region, but will now have access to other providers that extend their services to other modes of transportation, which link eastern and western Nebraska. These service providers also provide access to the surrounding states of Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa and Colorado and extend to Illinois, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and Texas. In turn, this provides access to the United States and the global world in its entirety. We like to think “Greyhound” on a very tiny scale.

Please refer to our Routes/Bus Schedules information.