Jan. 07--EDMOND -- Edmond's public bus service is now making seven stops daily at the Social Security office under construction in northeast Oklahoma City.
The office on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue is expected to open in the spring.
The route changes for the express buses running from Edmond to Oklahoma City are part of a $63,600 deal with developers Mark Ruffin and Nick Preftakes and the city of Edmond, operators of Citylink.
The deal is necessary because some form of public transportation must serve clients going to the Social Security office. The bus will be available for anyone waiting at that stop, said John Pleveich, general manager of McDonald Transit, the company running the daily operations of Edmond's bus service.
The proposed one-year deal included $1,000 a month for 12 months and $1,600 for getting the route maps reprinted. The remaining $50,000 is an upfront payment.
Monday was the third day of the route change, and no one had used that stop by midafternoon, Pleveich said.
"It is too early to tell how much the stop will be used," Pleveich said.
Developers plan to make sure public transportation is in place and running properly by the time the Social Security office opens. McDonald Transit officials will evaluate the traffic in that area. Bus shelters and signage also are planned for the new stop.
The express bus leaves Edmond and travels south on Eastern, west on Britton and south on the Broadway Extension to downtown Oklahoma City. On the way back from downtown via the state Capitol, it travels north on Lincoln, east on Interstate 44 and north on Eastern Avenue to Edmond.
The new route change is on the southbound buses to Oklahoma City. The express now turns off Eastern on Memorial Road instead of Britton Road. The bus would then turn on Kelley Avenue and stop at the Social Security office.
Stops begin at 7:43 a.m. and continue until 4:43 p.m. The stops are at 7:43 a.m., 9:23 a.m., 11:13 a.m., 12:58 p.m., 2:43 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 4:43 p.m.
Rides on the bus are free. The Citylink Transfer Center is in downtown Edmond at the Festival Market Place, one block west of Broadway on First Street.
Reprinting of the new schedules and routes has not been completed. New schedules and routes can be found at www.citylinkedmond.com.
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