Edmond considers cutting back on paratransit service

Edmond's Public Transportation Committee voted to recommend the city limit paratransit service. Committee member Mark Maddy, who relies on the service, made the motion to change the coverage area. If approved, the change will affect him.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 24, 2013
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— Mark Maddy relies on his wheelchair and Edmond's paratransit service to get to the University of Central Oklahoma where he is an assistant professor.

But Maddy may have to look for another means of transportation if the city council approves a recommendation to reduce the area served by the service.

Maddy, a member of Edmond's Public Transportation Committee, made a motion this week to recommend the paratransit service no longer be offered to the entire city because it is running at capacity while rider requests continue to grow.

The committee voted to recommend the service only be provided for rides within 3/4 mile of the fix routes on the city's public transportation system, which is the minimum requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service now covers the entire 90 square miles of the city limits.

Maddy lives about 75 feet outside the proposed designated area.

“I made the motion even though it affects me,” he said. “If they can't get me, I will abide with the rules.”

CityLink's paratransit service provided 8,453 rides last fiscal year, up from 3,520 rides in 2009-10. Each month, 10 to 12 new applications for the service are submitted.


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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