Transit Overview - Q & A

Transit Overview - Q & A

 

When is bus service available?

Buses operate Monday through Friday. The first bus goes into service at 4:40 am and the last bus ends service at 8:10 pm. On Saturday, the first bus goes into service at 5:30 am and the last bus ends service at 7:30 pm. Thursday through Saturday trolley service runs until 11 pm. Service is not available on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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What route has the highest ridership?

The highest ridership route is Route 23 that travels NW 23rd st going east to the OU Health Science Center and west to Council Road. Route 2 serving northeast Oklahoma City with stops at the OU Health Science Center and NE 23rd and Miramar (east of NE 23rd and Martin Luther King Blvd.) carries the most passengers per hour of service.

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How much does a bus cost?

A diesel powered transit bus costs approximately $350,000. Alternative fueled buses can cost up to $500,000.

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How often is a bus replaced?

If the bus was purchased using federal funding assistance the bus must remain in service a minimum of 12 years.

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How many miles does a bus travel in its lifetime?

On average, a bus travels more than 600,000 miles in a 12-year period.

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When will METRO Transit get new buses?

Over the next 5 years over 80% of the current METRO Transit fleet will be in need of replacement. However, lack of funding may prevent this from happening.

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How much does METRO Transit spend on fuel?

METRO Transit spends over $1.9 million a year for fuel.

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Why doesn’t METRO Transit use smaller buses? They seem empty during much of the day.

When buses are purchased using federal money the Federal Transit Administration limits the number of buses an agency may own to 20% more than what is in service during the busiest time of the day. For METRO Transit that means it can only have 11 spare buses. Thus buses need to be sized to accommodate the largest number of passengers that may be on board during the busiest time of day. Currently METRO Transit’s fleet consists of 30’, 35’ and 40’ buses.

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How many people ride METRO Transit?

Ridership last year, for all METRO Transit services was nearly 3 million passengers.

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Passenger fares cover the operational costs of a public transit service. Right?

It is commonly believed that transit services recover operational costs from passenger fares. In reality, however, it is uncommon for the average transit agency to recover more than 15-20% of costs through this revenue stream. Dallas, Texas, for example, only recovers 10%.