“Money is already an issue,” said Caldwell, chairwoman of the Edmond Public Transportation Committee.
The Citylink budget is $1.4 million. Money comes from federal funding and a $200,437 payment from the University of Central Oklahoma where students use the bus. City council members this year had to give Citylink an additional $50,000 because of federal funding cutbacks.
The transportation committee and city leaders are asking for bids to hire a consulting service to study additional revenue sources for the city bus service. The bid deadline is Aug. 7. The results of the study may be more than a year away, too late to address the immediate problem with the paratransit service.
Transportation committee members requested additional information from McDonald Transit, the company that operates Edmond's bus service. They will meet at 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at 10 S Littler Ave. to consider options. A meeting with the riders and the public also will be held. The city council will make the final decision.