EDMOND — Last minute action by the Edmond City Council this week makes way for the start of the city’s new bus service to begin July 1.
Citylink is the name chosen for the city-owned transit system.
Council members approved contracts to lease temporary buses to be used until new buses can be purchased with $600,000 in federal stimulus money.
Two 36-seat buses will be leased from CoachCrafters Inc. for $3,500 a month for the Edmond Express route that will make 12 roundtrips daily to downtown Oklahoma City and the state Capitol area.
The 1997 buses will be equipped with a wheelchair ramp, said Shannon Entz, the city’s community development manager.
A minimum three-month lease will cost the city $26,000, which includes a refundable $5,000 deposit.
Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority will lease six paratransit vehicles to Edmond for $200 each per month.
City officials will be required to purchase tires for the six vehicles and then remount the old tires when the buses are returned at the end of the lease, Entz said.
The tires will cost the city $5,000.
These six vehicles will be used for the local routes and off-route service for the disabled, Entz said.
Council members have budgeted $900,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 for its transit system.
McDonald Transit and Associates, McDonald Transit, an employee-owned company of Fort Worth, Texas, will operate the system.