EDMOND — Citylink, Edmond's free public transit system, is getting three new buses as ridership continues to grow.
The bus order has been sent to the vendor, National Bus Sales, Edmond community development manager Shannon Entz told members of the Edmond Public Transportation Committee this week.
City officials have budgeted $300,000 for the three buses, which will give Citylink spare vehicles for its fleet. Federal money is being used to buy the buses, Entz said.
“The buses will be put into service often,” Entz said. “There is always preventive maintenance that needs to be done and in case of an accident or one breaks down.”
The additional buses also give Citylink the option to increase its number of routes.
For the first 10 month of this fiscal year, Citylink has provided 147,362 rides. For the entire 12 months last year, there were 109,156 rides recorded.
The average weekday ridership for April was 729.
City officials continue to wait for the EPA's certification approval so the city's six Citylink buses can be converted to run on compressed natural gas.
It is estimated that Edmond will save $47,000 a year on fuel costs, Entz said.
A bid for the conversion work went to Matthews Ford, of Broken Arrow, for $138,432.
Edmond received $250,000 in federal stimulus money to pay for the conversion kits.
Officials are considering waiting to begin the conversion process until this summer, when the new buses arrive, in case there are problems.
“That way we will have spare vehicles on hand so our routes won't be disturbed,” Entz said.
The buses will be the first city-owned vehicles to use CNG.