[NFBOK-Talk] Public meetings to discuss reduction of service on evenings and weekends

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Fri Jun 10 20:52:30 UTC 2016

Federation family-

Please see the message below. If you live in the OKC area please make every
effort to attend one of these meetings. Let me know if you plan on attending
and we'll try to put everyone willing to go in touch with one another. 




For Immediate Release

June 9, 2016


Budget Reductions to Impact EMBARK

Public Meetings to Discuss Proposed Elimination of Contracted Service


OKLAHOMA CITY - Due to budgetary reductions resulting from a decline in
municipal sales tax revenue, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking
Authority (COTPA) is proposing to eliminate a contracted transportation
service known as LINK.


LINK is a contracted service that operates in a limited-service area on
Sundays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday.
The proposed elimination would not affect regular fixed-route or paratransit


"Anytime we're faced with a budget reduction we strive to protect service
levels," said Jason Ferbrache, COTPA Administrator and Director of Public
Transportation and Parking for the City of Oklahoma City.    "People depend
on our public transit options to get to work, school and appointments and we
take that very seriously. The reduction we are making will eliminate some
duplication in weeknight service that exists between fixed-route and LINK
and eliminates LINK service entirely on Sunday. We propose to cut where it
would impact the fewest customers."


COTPA will conduct public hearings to describe the proposed elimination and
to receive public comments. The meetings are scheduled at the hub of the
LINK service area, so that opportunities for public comments are more
convenient for patrons.


*	Sunday, June 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Transit
Center located at 420 NW 5 St.  
*	Wednesday, June 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Transit
Center located at 420 NW 5 St. 

Staff will consider all public comments and will make their final
recommendation to the COTPA Board July 1. If approved, changes would go into
effect August 1, 2016.


For more information about the proposed service change, visit embarkok.com
<http://embarkok.com> . 

 # # #


 EMBARK is the business unit of the Central Oklahoma Transportation &
Parking Authority (COTPA) - a public trust administered by the City of
Oklahoma City. EMBARK is responsible for providing safe, efficient and
convenient public transportation and downtown parking solutions to the
greater Oklahoma City area.

COTPA is celebrating 50 years of leadership in providing public transit and
downtown parking services to Oklahoma's capital city. 


Irene Martin, M.Ed., Council Coordinator

Governor's Oklahoma United We Ride Council <http://www.unitedweride.ok.gov/>

MyRide--Statewide <http://www.myride.ok.gov/>  


(405)951-3408 ofc

(405)227-7614 cell




Jeannie M. Massay, M.A., LPC

330 W. Gray Street

Suite 415

Norman, OK 73069 jmassay1 at cox.net <mailto:jmassay1 at cox.net>  

Phone: 405-600-0695

Fax: 405-310-4686 


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