On this edition of ST, we speak with Bill Leighty, a longtime realtor in our community who's also served on the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the City's Transportation Advisory Board, and its Land Use Task Force. Moreover, Leighty is the executive director of the Smart Growth Tulsa Coalition, which he tells us all about on today's program.
On this edition of our show, we get an update on Tulsa's Regional Transit System Plan, which is also known as Fast Forward. The plan was adopted last year, in October of 2011, and operations are now moving forward on the first major enhancement to the current Tulsa Transit set-up. That first enhancement is a proposed BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, that would run along the lengthy Peoria/Riverside Corridor (which is 20+ miles long, from Far North to Far South Tulsa).
Tulsa Transit moves to reduce the wait time at Tulsa bus stops. Six additional buses have been pressed into service on a half dozen-existing routes. Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright says that will cut the wait time at some of the more popular routes.
The routes are 100, 112, 210, 221, 318 and 471. Cartwright says those routes are scattered across the Tulsa metro area.
Everywhere you turn there are orange barrels and traffic cones in Tulsa. It is a big headache if you are trying to get from one side of town to another. It is even a bigger headache if you are a bus driver.
Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright says often they are not aware of new detours. They post “Rider Alerts” on their website.
He says sometimes the route will be normal in the morning, but then be changed by the afternoon commute.
Transportation experts are looking at changes for the busiest public transit corridor in Tulsa. INCOG planner James Wagner says a study of the important and crowded Peoria/Riverside corridor is underway.
Community and business leaders and citizens are invited to public meetings next week to discuss the Peoria/Riverside needs. They will be held Monday at the Tulsa Tech Peoria campus, and Tuesday at the South Brooke Church of Christ.