The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Education 2011

February 26, 2011

Get educated about Transit

Transportation system keeps local students’ needs in mind

ENID — Northern Oklahoma College Enid or Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid students needing  a ride to school have a good option in Enid Public Transportation System.

Kim Watkins, director of Enid Transit,  spoke at a recent career fair and said officials discovered a number of students had problems with transportation.

“We have stops at NOC and Northwestern both. With their student ID we will take them to school and home free,” Watkins said.

The program started in January. Watkins did not know how many students utilize the service, but he said there are several who commented about transportation problems at the career fair. City staff who oversee Transit operations currently are working to place shelters at the stops near the Enid campuses as quickly as possible.

Stillwater charges $3 per credit hour for transportation, but Enid only will require a student ID. Enid receives no subsidy from the schools. Due to the rising price of fuel, officials say they are seeing increased ridership on the buses. Watkins said in the future Transit may offer monthly passes for youth ages 6-18. During the summer Youth Freedom Passes give kids the opportunity to ride public transportation. Thirty day passes will be available for $25 with photo ID.

Also, Summer Fun passes will be available for $25 for the summer for ages 6-18. Adults may use a Flash Pass, which they can show to the driver as they board.

Passes will be $40 for a 30-day period. Punch cards are available for 10 rides with no expiration.

Watkins said Transit still retains a curb service for those unable to use the fixed route. Customers must register and be older than 60 or meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria.

There are 93 stops on the fixed-route system, with three buses in the morning and four in the afternoon available. A route to the Oklahoma City bus station, train depot and airport — $100 one-way, 10-person limit — is offered, as are trips to the Tulsa airport and bus station — $125, 10-person limit — and to the Perry bus station — $50.

Normal hours for Enid Transit are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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