Tulsa Group Asks For More Public Transportation Funding

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012, 6:16 pm
By: News On 6

Some people aren't very happy that Tulsa's public transportation budget is going to stay flat in 2013.

Right now, more than 10,000 people use the city buses every day. That's why Transit Matters, a local advocacy group, announced Wednesday they will rally at Thursday's city council meeting to ask for more money.

The group says an additional $800,000 is needed because Tulsa ranks in the bottom 25 percent when it comes to public transportation funding among cities our size.

"And it's embarrassing that our city is ranked so low, and we're actually getting lower because they had major budget cuts in 2009," Elaine Meek, Tulsa Transit Chair, said. "We're trying to get that money restored."

Transit Matters says that for every dollar invested in public transportation, the city receives at least four dollars in economic benefits.