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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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John Pleveich, Edmond's McDonald Transit general manager, said the only options are to add another bus or cut back on the service area.

McDonald would charge $100,000 to operate another bus. CityLink has a spare bus, but if one of the route buses breaks down, there wouldn't be a bus to continue with the regular service.

“Sometimes we have to wait for a part,” Pleveich said. “There would be nothing we could do. This is a tough decision. Any decisions we make today is short term.”

CityLink has relied mainly on federal funding to operate the public transportation system and that funding is shrinking. This fiscal year, city leaders had to come up with an additional $50,000 for the CityLink bus service.

The transportation committee is studying how to get additional money.

A public hearing will be scheduled about the recommended change in paratransit service before the city council makes the final decision.

“It is hard to look someone in the eye and say we can't provide service,” Pleveich said. “We need to do something fairly quickly.”

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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