Oklahoma City bus route changes produce winners, losers

Metro Transit plans to revise routes, fares for bus service next year.
by William Crum Modified: October 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm •  Published: October 17, 2013

More frequent and dependable bus service — seen as key to increasing ridership — will produce winners and losers when Metro Transit revises its routes and increases some fares next year.

The transit agency conducted the last of nine public meetings on the changes Wednesday at the Ralph Ellison Library in northeast Oklahoma City. About a dozen members of the public attended.

Plans are to eliminate routes 1 (Garden Day), 4 (Belle Isle) and 20 (SE Oklahoma City). Route 11 will become a S 29 Street crosstown bus, eliminating service to Will Rogers World Airport.

Other routes will be extended or shortened, covering some of the stops from eliminated routes while ensuring buses run at least every 30 minutes on most routes.

Regular fares are to increase from $1.50 to $1.75. Express fares will increase from $2.25 to $3.

The price of weekly and monthly bus passes will not change. But passes will be of reduced value for Metro Link, Metro Transit's limited evening and Sunday service.

Some seniors will no longer get reduced fares; the qualifying age will increase from 60 to 65.

Gloria deLeon is a Vietnam-era veteran and an associate librarian at Capitol Hill Library, where she works 20 hours per week. At age 62, she commutes all month on a $25 unlimited-ride pass.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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