Edmond-Oklahoma City bus route adds stop at Social Security office

Edmond's Citylink express buses to Oklahoma City are now stopping at the Social Security office under construction in northwest Oklahoma City. The city of Edmond made a $63,600 deal with the developers of the new construction for bus services.
by Diana Baldwin Published: January 7, 2014

Edmond's public bus service is now making seven stops daily at the Social Security office under construction in northeast Oklahoma City.

The office on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue is expected to open in the spring.

The route changes for the express buses running from Edmond to Oklahoma City are part of a $63,600 deal with developers Mark Ruffin and Nick Preftakes and the city of Edmond, operators of Citylink.

The deal is necessary because some form of public transportation must serve clients going to the Social Security office. The bus will be available for anyone waiting at that stop, said John Pleveich, general manager of McDonald Transit, the company running the daily operations of Edmond's bus service.

The proposed one-year deal included $1,000 a month for 12 months and $1,600 for getting the route maps reprinted. The remaining $50,000 is an upfront payment.

Monday was the third day of the route change, and no one had used that stop by midafternoon, Pleveich said.

“It is too early to tell how much the stop will be used,” Pleveich said.

Developers plan to make sure public transportation is in place and running properly by the time the Social Security office opens. McDonald Transit officials will evaluate the traffic in that area. Bus shelters and signage also are planned for the new stop.

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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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It is too early to tell how much the stop will be used.”

John Pleveich,
general manager of McDonald Transit

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