Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Peoria/Riverside Study?

The Peoria/Riverside Transit Study is considered an “Alternatives Analysis” in Federal Transit Administration terms.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, an analysis of transportation alternatives!  This study will provide information on the costs, benefits and impacts of transportation options such as Conventional Bus, Bus Rapid Transit or streetcar for the Peoria/Riverside corridor.  First needs of the corridor have been identified, then alternative modes of transportation and service plans will be defined and evaluated, and finally a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) selected for development.

 

Why was the Peoria/Riverside corridor chosen for this study?

Peoria/Riverside was identified in the Fast Forward Regional Transit System Plan (10/2011) as a priority foundation corridor to the region.  Tulsa Transit’s 105 route runs along Peoria from 56th Street North to 81st and Lewis and is the most used bus route in the city with over 1,600 riders each day.  As the busiest transit corridor in the region with already established public transit, this provides an excellent opportunity for advancements and improvement for other corridor linkages.

 

Why is public transit important for the Tulsa region?

Having a robust transit system can mean many things to a region.  Transit keeps a region competitive economically.  Many communities nearby, including Oklahoma City and Kansas City, are spending hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading their public transit systems.  Out of the 46 cities in the U.S. with populations greater than Tulsa, 74% have or are building rail transit systems.  At least 13 cities smaller than Tulsa have rail systems already.  Some studies have estimated that for every dollar invested in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns.

 

What will this cost?

The cost of the Peoria study is $432,000.  80% of the funding is from the Federal Transit Administration’s Alternatives Analysis program and 20% comes from the City of Tulsa.  The cost for the final LPA will be determined by the type of vehicle chosen and the service characteristics (frequency, dedicated lanes, stations/stops).

How would transit benefit businesses, residents and organizations along the Peoria/Riverside Corridor?

Public transportation generates business activity, creates jobs, boosts property values and tax earnings, maximizes transportation spending and gets more people to work!  The Peoria/Riverside Corridor is very diverse in terms of economic levels, variety of business and collection of public institutions.  Each facet of this corridor could be positively affected by transit improvements!

  

How will we get funding for a better transit system?

Completion of the Fast Forward Transit System Plan and following Alternatives Analysis will position the Tulsa region in a better place to receive competitive federal funding for transit capital costs.  There is federal programs called Small Starts and Very Small Starts which can provide up to 80% of funding for capital costs.  Local governments are responsible for the bulk of operating costs that are not covered by farebox revenue.

 

Can we get a rail system?

Rail is an exciting topic to those in the Tulsa region.  The first thing to consider when thinking about implementing a rail system would be how our existing transit system is functioning and how would they act together.  A successful rail system needs a successful bus system and bicycle/pedestrian facilities to back it up.  What would happen when you got off at a commuter or streetcar station?  Would you be forced to walk 5 miles to your destination or would there be a bus to pick you up and take you where you need to go?  The idea behind the Transit System Plan and Peoria/Riverside Transit Study is to create a solid foundation of bus or bus rapid transit that could serve a future rail system.

How can I get involved?

There are two ways to get involved.  You can receive news and updates via e-mail: fill out this form.  Or there is a specific group called the Peoria Transit Advisors (PTA) that will help guide the project and provide feedback. This group will be kept informed about all the upcoming meetings and major milestones through email newsletters.

Can you come speak to our neighborhood association about the project?

Absolutely. Please contact Kasey St. John at INCOG to set up a time for one of our staff to come to a neighborhood association meeting. She can be reached at 918-584-7526 or at kstjohn(@)incog.org.