City of EnidBeginning Monday, May 20th Enid Public Transportation Authority will temporarily transition its fixed routes to an on-call demand response system. The change in service will affect all three of the EPTA fixed routes – Blue Bird, Black Bird and Red Bird. The change in service will not affect current EPTA paratransit, or curb-to-curb, riders. EPTA General Manager James Neal said the change in service along the fixed routes is necessary due to budget shortfalls.

“EPTA, like most transit systems in the country, has seen a drastic decrease in its state and federal grant funding over the last year,” Neal said. “This situation is projected to worsen in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, demanding that we find ways to operate more efficiently with our available resources.”

Once the change in service takes effect on May 20th buses will respond to fixed route bus stops only when requested in advance. This service will still pick up from, and deliver to, designated bus stops along the EPTA fixed routes, but riders will have to call EPTA dispatch at (580) 233-RIDE in order to arrange a pickup at one of the fixed route bus stops. EPTA Dispatch will be available to dispatch buses to fixed route stops between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In order to schedule a pickup at a fixed route bus stop during these hours it is recommended riders call at least 1 hour before their desired pickup time. Riders who require service along the fixed route between 6-8 a.m. or 5-7 p.m. will have to call by 4:30 p.m. the previous day to pre-schedule those rides. On-call response service to the fixed route stops will be for the fares currently charged along the fixed route, available on the City of Enid website at www.enid.org.

Neal said the changes to the fixed route system are temporary, and are meant to sustain EPTA service to the public while more comprehensive system changes are developed. “EPTA is working on a total overhaul of Enid’s public transit service,” Neal said. “The end result of this process will be a leaner, more efficient system that provides more service to the public within the constraints of our current budget. We appreciate the public’s patience and input as we continue through that process.”

Neal said a definite timeline for full implementation of a redesigned transit system has not yet been determined.


 

Effective immediately, the street will be closed at the intersection of Thompson Avenue, Kesterfield Boulevard and Fowler.  The street will be closed for one week to allow for water line installation.  However, the street will be open to local traffic only.  Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.