This is the first time funding for the service has been requested because of projected federal cuts for the citywide bus services.
The system started almost five years ago and includes four local routes, one express route to and from Oklahoma City that runs 12 times a day, and the on-demand paratransit service. Ridership has increased by almost 300 percent since it started.
Next year's Citylink budget is set at more than $1.7 million.
“Our staff has been very successful in taking advantage of all available grant funding to help leverage the total program costs,” City Manager Larry Stevens said. “Part of the funding problem involves grant programs that we have relied upon are now either being targeted for elimination or having their federal allocations significantly reduced over the next couple of years.”
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