UCO and City of Edmond Awarded for Bus Partnership
|Shannon Entz, community development manager for the City of Edmond; Chip Nolan, UCO manager of field parking services; Raul Martinez, UCO director of transportation and parking; and Edward Esparza, Citylink general manager, stand by one of the Citylink buses on the Broncholink route that runs through andaround the UCO campus. The city and university were recently recognized by the Oklahoma Transit Association for the partnership.
The Oklahoma Transit Association awarded the Outside the Bus Award for Best College Connection to the City of Edmond for its bus partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma.
Citylink, Edmond’s public transportation system, offers bus service through and around Central’s campus on Route 4, known as Broncholink.
Since the partnership began three years ago, Broncholink ridership is up 75.9 percent to 31,874 rides in 2010-11– up from 7,675 riders when Metro Transit operated the service in 2007-08.
Students, faculty and staff members utilize Broncholink in combination with other Citylink routes, which extend to popular locations off campus. Routes 1 and 2 stop at grocery stores and shopping centers, while Route 3 stops at nearby apartment complexes.
An added benefit for students attending the university’s Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown is the option to ride the Expresslink route from Central’s Edmond campus to downtown Oklahoma City.
The Outside the Bus Award was presented for setting a standard for regional college support.