Commuter Rail, Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study Launched

Tulsa Transit’s board of directors has approved a six-month feasibility study on commuter rail and/or bus rapid transit between downtown Tulsa and downtown Broken Arrow.
Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartwright said, “This has been a topic of discussion for many years in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow, but until this time, there has not been a serious feasibility study. The firm we have retained, Lockwood Andrews & Newman has completed similar studies in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. They have extensive knowledge in the rail/bus rapid transit field and their studies have resulted in implementation in other markets.”
Lockwood Andrews & Newman Operations Manager Timothy J. Schmidt said, “Tulsa is really an ideal candidate for a successful transportation system, be that by rail on the existing line, or other alternative systems. Our study will include a detailed overview of station options, potential users of the system and costs associated with the various options.”
“Six public hearings will be held under the coordination of Striegel with the first on October 26, 2006. At the hearing we will look for input from various potential riders, business and community leaders,” said Mr. Schmidt.
The first two public hearing will be held on Thursday. October. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library’s Aaronson Auditorium, 4th and Denver, downtown Tulsa; and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Central on Main 210 N. Main in Broken Arrow. People are encouraged to drop by at any time during that period to learn more about the options and to contribute their opinions. For more information please contact Owen, 258-3536 ext. 13.

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