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Edmond's Citylink paratransit bus service is at capacity

Edmond's Citylink paratransit service is running at capacity, which could force changes in the transit system. Committee members are looking at alternatives.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013

Pleveich estimated 10 percent of the clients live outside the three-quarter-mile area. At least 80 percent of the paratransit clients are ambulatory.

“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.

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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