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Oklahoma Rising?: Part four, Oil dependence


Ben Fenwick September 25th, 2008

State pride swelled and the nation took notice as Oklahoma celebrated its first 100 years in 2007. After sweeping up the confetti, our state embarks on a new century invigorated with promise and hope....

r, according to 2004 National Transit Database figures, provided by a dedicated penny sales tax. Oklahoma City gets $10.85 per person a year to fund its buses " and no dedicated funding.

One aspect of the presentation caught the attention of Ward 4 council member Pete White. A chart showing concentric circles of bus service in two 15-minute increments from the center of town elicited a suggestion from both Walters and White that the city cut its bus service back to the central area, so that the system might increase ridership because it would be more convenient.

At least, more convenient for those within the circle. Such a service would extend north to 36th Street, east to Martin Luther King Boulevard, west to May Avenue and south to 29th Street.

White said such a cutback might allow the bus service to "prove" itself. He suggested using a few enhanced routes to see if just fixing one or two might show such a citywide move would work.

"I'm looking for a way to cut the baby in half," White said. "If you did enhanced service in that 15-minute area, don't you think you could show what it looked like if you went to the 30 or larger? I'm looking for something more than

 
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