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New bus rapid transit service coming to Peoria Avenue

On Thursday, city leaders will announce the locations and routing and unveil the design for BRT's platforms, shelters, markers and buses. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- New bus rapid transit routes are coming to Tulsa, giving citizens faster and more frequent services along Peoria Avenue.

The City of Tulsa and Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority announced Aero Thursday, the name for the Peoria Bus Rapid Transit line in Tulsa.

The Aero route, featuring enhanced vehicles, stations and rider amenities, is nearly 18 miles and will service Peoria Avenue from East 54th Street North to East 81st and South Lewis Avenue.

“The high-capacity transit line will connect Tulsans to jobs, educational opportunities and destinations along Peoria and downtown,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “With the recent addition of Sunday transit service and the Peoria BRT coming online in the next couple of years, Tulsa is making great strides to improve transportation across the city.”

City leaders decided on station locations and routing for Aero based on public feedback. The Peoria Avenue Corridor was the top transit priority in the City of Tulsa’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan, PLANiTULSA, as one in seven of Tulsa’s residents and 20 percent of jobs are within a 10-minute walk of this corridor.

“We are excited for the Aero to start running along Peoria in the spring of 2019, Debbie Ruggles, interim General Manager of Tulsa Transit said. “The new Aero system is an opportunity for Tulsans to get out of their cars and ride differently. The BRT will help users travel to key destinations for work and recreation in a fast and easy way.”

Nine new buses and 50 uniquely branded stations with the Aero logo will provide service every 15 minutes during peak travel times from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

There will be three types of stations along the corridor: Local, improved and enhanced. Each station type will have amenities including level boarding, benches, security lighting and a vertical bus marker. The local station has the smallest footprint allowing it to fit within constrained areas, but with fewer amenity options.

The enhanced station has the largest footprint to accommodate higher-volume areas and can accommodate more amenity options. Weather protection, bike racks, lighting, landscaping, and architecture features of the station are still being finalized.

Capital and operational funding for the Peoria BRT will be shared between Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa funding packages.

Public workshops are planned next week to garner public input about the Aero conceptual designs. Workshops will be held at the following locations:

Tues., July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Spirit Life Church, 5345 S. Peoria Ave.

Tues., July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford Ave.

Wed., July 19, 1 – 3 p.m.
Denver Avenue Station, 319 S. Denver Ave.

Wed., July 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cyntergy Community Space – First floor, 810 S. Cincinnati Ave.

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