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University of Central Oklahoma professor Mark Maddy gets off a Citylink paratransit bus to go to his office at the Center for Transformative Learning on the Edmond campus. Maddy is a member of the Edmond Public Transportation Committee.
University of Central Oklahoma professor Mark Maddy gets off a Citylink paratransit bus to go to his office at the Center for Transformative Learning on the Edmond campus. Maddy is a member of the Edmond Public Transportation Committee.

EDMOND — This is the eighth year that Edmond has operated it own public transportation system, Citylink.

For the first eight months of the fiscal year, rides on the city buses were down 3 percent.

“However, our people believe the annual total for the current year should end up very close or above last year's figure by the end of June,” said City Manager Larry Stevens.

Citylink ridership has steadily increased every year since the local service started. Last fiscal year, 290,000 free rides were provided by the city.

The system has four local routes, an express route to and from Oklahoma City and an on-demand paratransit service within three-quarters of a mile from the fixed local routes.

Many of the users work in downtown Oklahoma City or are students at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Paratransit service, required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, is for people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed-route bus.

This year's Citylink budget is about $1.4 million, with the city providing $1 million and the rest coming from grants and some initial money.

“Revenue options are being explored for the service, and some initial advertising has been implemented,” Stevens said. A charge for the express route is also being considered.

City council members this year signed a contract with Market SSA to provide three southbound stops per day at the Oklahoma County Social Security office, NE 122 and Kelley Avenue.

Council members also agreed to start allowing advertising on city buses to provide revenue to help operate the public transportation system.

For more information, maps and schedules about Citylink, go to www.edmondok.com.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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