March 8, 2014

Transit service strapped by financial burdens

ODOT to investigate situation



Key said on demand service is all the WVTS has ever had and the system isn't big enough to run routes. 

"Only metro systems are route systems," she said. 

Hackett echoed this sentiment. He said he understands where Key is coming from. 

"I can see why in some rural areas they would do it this way, but if there is a demand for change they need to look at it," he said. 

Regardless of whether system changes, Hackett said ODOT's contributions were never meant to fund the entirety of the WVTS. 

"(It) is in place to augment the services for these providers," he said. "Our purpose is, by no means, to be a sole funding source. Some of the providers are so small this can be the case, but it's not our function or goal. All have other funding streams."

Although there is some call for change, many are happy with the way the transit system works. 

Executive Director of the Chickasha Opportunity Center Thomas Hannon praised the WVTS.

"If they can continue doing as good a job as they are doing, I am going to be a fan for a long time," he said. 

Hannon said he started working with adults with developmental disabilities in Oklahoma City. He said the mass transit system rarely benefited his clients. 

"Some folks would have to walk a mile to get where they were going," he said. "Here they go door-to-door, they know our clients and they will call to check on them. It's a tremendous asset to the community as a whole and wish bigger cities could do a better job." 

Hannon said he trusts the WVTS to accurately reflect the needs of the community, but realizes there is always room for improvement. 

Text Only
  • WW2 veteran receives thanks from president

    From the large tapestries of the Obamas in his living room, one could say that World War II veteran, Burley Givens, has an appreciation for the president.

    July 26, 2014

  • A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities

    College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.

    July 23, 2014

  • image-3.jpg Girl Scout donates to Locks of Love

    Six-year-old Madison Dunn donated her long hair to Locks of Love when she learned that some children don't have hair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules

    More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • Are America's biggest alcohol brands targeting the country's underage youth?

    Underage drinkers - those between the ages of 18 and 20, most specifically - are more heavily exposed to printed alcohol advertisements than any other age group, according to a new study. And it's America's biggest booze companies that could be to blame.

    July 15, 2014

  • Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

    They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.

    July 8, 2014

  • DSCF1770.JPG The sonogram fairy

    Walking into Bubbie's Bebes is like walking into a corner of Neverland.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN

Do you think our cool summer means we will have a rough winter?

     View Results