The Edmond Sun

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June 26, 2012

City, UCO re-up bus program

EDMOND — The Oklahoma Transit Association has awarded the city of Edmond their Outside Bus Award for the best college connection. A letter to the city from OTA highlights that CityLink has set a standard for regional college support in its service to the University of Central Oklahoma.

“I think this speaks well with what we’re doing with our CityLink services,” said City Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner, mayor pro tem.

The Council by a 4-0 vote approved a $200,437 transportation services agreement this week with the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO and the city are partners in BronchoLink, Route 4 of Edmond’s CityLink public transportation service.

“The university is being good partners with us with our CityLink operation,” Waner said. “The ridership of the UCO students has increased drastically. We’ve added a larger bus to the route with them.”

Route 4 ridership has increased 498 percent since the last year of the city’s contract with Metro Transit in 2008-09, according to the city. CityLink began operating in 2009. The CityLink Transfer Center is in downtown Edmond at the Festival Market Place, one block west of Broadway on First Street.

UCO has requested a minimum of 3,109 transportation service hours for the fiscal year at $64.47 per revenue hour. CityLink operates between 24-27 days a month and  provides more than 20,000 rides a month, according to monthly summary reports.

Route 4 BronchoLink ridership

Year                             Route 4       Other Routes

2008-09 Metro Transit  7,675          60,484

2009-10 Citylink          15,918         93,238

2010-11 Citylink          31,874        147,346

2011-12 Citylink          45,866 Est   236,536 Est



MORE information about bus routes offered by McDonald Transit is available by calling CityLink Customer Service at 417-6068 or by visiting www.edmondok.com. For a map and schedule of Citylink, visit edmondok.com/index.aspx?nid=205.

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