The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 29, 2013

Paratransit service maxing out

Committee studies next steps

EDMOND — The Citywide Access Paratransit Service (CAPS) has reached the maximum passenger count of about 250 clients it can service, said John Pleveich of McDonald Transit.

“We are pretty well booked solid every day of the week for every hour of the day,” Pleveich said when giving a presentation of CAPS to the Edmond Public Transportation Committee last week.

The committee is considering ways to adjust CAPS to improve ridership capabilities, said Victoria Caldwell, city councilwoman and committee chairperson. Community meetings on the issue will be announced once the committee is ready to make a recommendation to the City Council. Committee members want to discuss the issue with CAPS clients in order to provide their input.

Services for CAPS are mandated by federal regulations defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act for people who do not have access to public transit. Every transit service that takes federal money must provide a paratransit service, Pleveich said.

CAPS currently has 250 Edmond clients who are approved for service, Pleveich said. Repeated ridership counts totaled 8,911 during 2011, Pleveich said. Demand is increasing with 10-12 new clients every month, he said. Full capacity for CAPS does not imply the seating capacity is limited. Capacity levels are maximized when the bus can only travel so far during the day to pick up passengers near their homes within a specific time frame.

Paratransit services need not run on the same routes of regular transit services, according to ADA. However, the law requires paratransit to be within a three-quarters of a mile zone within the bus transit’s fixed route system. In Edmond, this CAPS core extends on Boulevard from Second Street to 33rd Street.

“We’re way beyond that because we cover the entire city limits,” Pleveich said.

The committee is studying whether more clients could be served by limiting the service area from Covell to 33rd Street, and from Interstate 35 to Santa Fe. Another suggestion was made to provide information to riders living with a disability about the convenience of using CityLink services. Pleveich said that many clients who are dependent on wheelchairs already use CityLink when they find it practical to suit their needs.

Eligibility for the service must include a statement from a physician noting that the individual living with a disability needs the service, Pleveich said.

“Sometimes there will be somebody who wants to go at 8:30 a.m.,” Pleveich said.

“And we will say, ‘At 8:30 we have somebody riding. Can you go at 8:15?”

Scheduling may be two weeks in advance, but riders must contact CAPS within 48 hours of a scheduled trip, Pleveich said. Every paratransit service needs flexibility of time, Pleveich said, because one bus cannot meet every service need in a particular minute. And, CAPS is not required to provide service outside the City of Edmond.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

1
Text Only
Local News
  • earth day 7.jpg Central community learns about water conservation

    Edmond residents know about rain that falls from their roofs after a storm. Some may not know what kind of important role it plays in the nation’s water supply.
    Tim Tillman, the University of Central Oklahoma’s sustainability coordinator, said UCO has a tradition of innovation in sustainable practices. Tillman said Earth Day, first brought to the campus more than 20 years ago, began that tradition.
    During Tuesday’s Earth Day Fair, Jason Summers, a Coca-Cola account manager for on-premise sales, was giving away rain barrels and educating members of the Central Oklahoma community about the benefits of rain barrels.

    April 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • pic 2.JPG Energy secretary touts CNG fleet conversion

    Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague said the state is leading the way in converting its fleet of vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.
    And, he adds, the state is working to get federal officials engaged in moving its fleet of vehicles in Oklahoma to use CNG.
    Teague made those statements Tuesday during a visit to Champion CNG, 13915 N. Harvey Ave. in Edmond. The visit also coincided with Earth Day.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3 Senate candidates say no to Sharia law

    Whether to deport non-citizen Muslim men in the U.S. who believe violence is justified by Sharia law was a question asked to three of the seven Republicans running for the U.S. Senate.
    The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate recently in Oklahoma City. The office is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
    Congressman James Lankford said Great Britain has experimented with allowing certain pockets of their nation to function under Sharia law.

    April 22, 2014

  • MS_weather graphic.jpg Local forecast includes multiple severe weather days

    Severe thunderstorms will be possible in the area Wednesday and during the weekend.
    The National Weather Service says severe storms are expected to develop near a dryline across western Oklahoma down into Texas late Wednesday afternoon. Primary concerns will be very large hail and damaging wind gusts.
    During the evening and overnight hours, the storms are expected to form a squall line and move east into central portions of the state. As this occurs, the main threat will become damaging straight-line winds.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Authorities make 8th arrest in Logan Co. homicide

    Authorities have arrested an eighth suspect in a homicide which involved the discovery of a badly burned body along a Logan County road.
    On Jan. 31, firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire in a rural area located south of State Highway 33 between Langston and Guthrie, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens stated in a previous report. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a badly burned male body, Stephens said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Citizens Caring for Children to participate in 1-mile walk

    Citizens Caring for Children will join thousands of Oklahomans on Saturday for the fourth annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes foster care awareness walk. The 1-mile walk will take place at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City, from 9-11 a.m.

    April 22, 2014

  • Police report home burglary outbreak in Edmond

    Police said they are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect linked to a string of residential burglaries with common occurrences.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-22 Good Reads

    NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for “The Noisy Paint Box.” Deadline is 10 a.m. April 28. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.

    April 22, 2014

  • Pom UCO Cheer, Pom finish big at Nationals

    The University of Central Oklahoma’s cheer and pom squads traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla., April 10-12 for the National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance College Nationals, bringing home second place trophies in All-Girl Cheer, Dance Hip Hop and Dance Team Division II, and fourth place in Coed Intermediate Cheer.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • UCO presents Missouri poet laureate for reading

    The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts will host a poetry reading from William Trowbridge, poet laureate for Missouri, 7:30 p.m. April 29 in Pegasus Theater in the Liberal Arts building on Central’s campus.

    April 21, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down Rise of the Milkbots TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Lindsay Lohan's Jaw-Dropping Secret President Sends Message To Boston And Marathon Runners LA Pastor Attracts Churchgoers with Pot Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body
Poll

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

Agree
Disagree
Undecided
     View Results