The Edmond Sun

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February 3, 2011

UPDATE: Citylink suspends service Thursday

Friday routes to be on schedule

EDMOND — This week’s massive snow storm continues to stymie attempts to get the city moving again.

By mid-morning Thursday, Citylink Edmond, the city’s public transportation system, called off service for the rest of the day due to hazardous road conditions.

“The plan was to make a couple of runs and see how successful they were,” said Shannon Entz, community development manager for the City of Edmond. “After a couple of runs it was determined that it just was not safe on the streets.”

About nine passengers rode one of the Express buses into Oklahoma City this morning and a few more were transported on local routes before the service was suspended for the day, Entz said.

“Citylink staff have phone numbers for each of those customers,” Entz said. “Everyone who rode the bus today knows they will be picked up.”

Entz said safety is a top priority for Citylink and that it’s not safe for the buses, the bus drivers nor passengers who were trying to walk to bus stops.

“If you don’t feel safe walking to a bus stop, then don’t,” Entz encouraged.

Citylink staff also were working Thursday morning to reschedule a number of para-transit calls previously scheduled for customers who needed rides to doctor appointments.

On a regular day, Citylink transports between 600-700 passengers, Entz said, noting the relatively new service has had a few 800 passenger days in recent months.

She said Citylink officials decided after 5 p.m. Thursday that they will attempt to run routes again this morning as regularly scheduled.

Citylink’s office number is 509-6370 or check online at edmondok.com/communitydev/citylink for updated information.

Drivers statewide are encouraged to check with the Department of Public Safety’s Road Conditions Hotline at 888-425-2385 or with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s hotline at 877-403-7623 for current road conditions.

Winter storm related injuries reported at hospitals throughout the state for the past 24 hours total 149, with 100 of those injuries recorded as slips and falls, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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