Second Phase of Rapid Transit Study Nears Completion

The second stage of the feasibility study on rapid transit options from Broken Arrow to Tulsa, launched in late 2006, by Tulsa Transit is nearing completion.
Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam of Dallas will present the results with charts, one measuring 14 feet which shows the entire rail line with detailing on station stops, at two meetings, one at noon at the downtown Community Center at 6th and Peoria and the second at 4:30 p.m. in Broken Arrow at the Nienhuis Center on Lynn Lane just north of 61st. Pizza and pop will be served at both.
Operations Manager Timothy J. Schmidt of Lockwood said, “One of the great results of our research so far shows that the potential rail stop at 13th and S. Lewis could serve up to 22,000 employees working in that area, primarily at St. John’s and Hillcrest but also at University of Tulsa. Many now live outside the city and this could offer them such a quick and easy solution to transport for their jobs.”
Tulsa Transit General Manager Bill Cartright said, “The issue of mass transit for the Broken Arrow to Tulsa corridor has been around for some time. We are happy to finally be able to take a serious look at the feasibility of such a project. Public opinion is critical to this process and we invite everyone to take a quick survey at our Web site,”
Broken Arrow Communications Director Keith Sterling said “With the tremendous growth in Broken Arrow, this is an important study on an issue which could help shape the future of our city.”
If the system chosen is by road, a rapid transit bus would go direct from Broken Arrow to Tulsa without stops in an HOV (high occupancy vehicle) designated lane which would be marked off on the existing Broken Arrow Expressway on the east west corridor in the mornings and the west east corridor in the evenings.
If the rail system is selected there could potentially be three stops between Broken Arrow and Tulsa with attractive stations and ample parking available for each.
Lockwood Andrews & Newnam has completed similar studies in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. They have extensive knowledge in the rapid transport field and their studies have resulted in implementation in other markets.
The study is targeted for completion in late March with a final results hearing to be scheduled at that time for the public. The study was commissioned with federal funding by Tulsa Transit.

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