Tulsa Transit Breaks Ground On 'Game Changing' Rapid Transit Station
TULSA, Oklahoma - The City of Tulsa and Tulsa Transit broke ground Tuesday on the first Peoria Aero Bus Rapid Transit station.
Tulsa Transit said their new transit service will be a game changer for residents using public transportation. The new Aero Bus Rapid Transit Station will provide faster travel in modern buses and have updated services like WiFi and bike racks.
Ted Rieck, Tulsa Transit General Manager, said the new BRT service will open up transit for tourists who are interested in attending downtown events. Mayor G.T. Bynum said it will make public transit a vehicle of choice, not a last resort. The City of Tulsa says a 45-minute wait for a bus will soon be just 10 to 15 minutes.
"It's like a subway on wheels and a new bus arriving every ten to fourteen minutes," said Bynum.
It will have two types of stations running along Peoria Avenue from 54th Street North to 81st Street South.
"It's a more cost-effective way for us to implement world-class public transportation in Tulsa and open up the whole city for people to be able to access jobs, education, health care and recreational opportunities here in our city," said Bynum.
City leaders say this new transit system brings the community together.
"This is a game changer for the city of Tulsa. This is not just about getting people to work and getting customers to businesses. This is getting you and me out to all of the fun things in Tulsa," said City Councilor Kara Joy McKee.
McKee said the buses should be ready for service by the end of August. Funding for the Aero BRT project comes from Vision Tulsa.