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Winners, losers as bus routes change

by William Crum Published: October 17, 2013

Here’s one story about how proposed #OKC bus route changes will affect passengers.

Gloria deLeon is a Vietnam-era veteran and an associate librarian at Capitol Hill Library, where she works 20 hours per week. At age 62, she commutes all month on a $25 unlimited-ride pass. While the trip from her apartment near Penn Square Mall to the library in the 300 block of SW 26 Street can take 90 minutes each way, she said the bus is a good value for her. Fare increases could change that. Her monthly pass will no longer be good for the Metro Link service she uses on weekday evenings, after regular buses stop running, and on Sundays. DeLeon figures her monthly cost to commute could go from $25 to $165. Working for about $19 per hour and paying for a $490, two-bedroom apartment, there’s little room in her budget for her commuting costs to increase. “This is going to have to come out of my grocery, my medicine money,” she said.

Metro Transit provides about 10,000 rides every day. Changes intended to improve service – primarily by increasing frequency – and boost ridership likely will take effect after the first of the year. Read more here. Learn more from Metro Transit at gometro.org.

by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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