City of Tulsa and Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority leaders announced that Aero will serve as the new name for the Peoria Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Tulsa. Officials also introduced the route schedule, station locations and the bus and station design concepts.
Aero will bring Tulsa a premium public transit service that provides faster and more frequent service with enhanced vehicles, stations and rider amenities. The Aero route 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.”
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 and will run from 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. on 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.
For the past six months, Tulsa Transit worked closely with Littlefield Agency to develop branding for the BRT that will bring more riders to the Tulsa Transit system. The overall Aero concept is streamlined, fast and efficient with an identity that feels inviting, current and accommodating to all riders. The modern and clean design also gives a nod to Tulsa’s history with the influence of Art Deco elements and the aerospace industry.
Ruggles added, “The new station designs and logo embrace the future and energy of Tulsa. I love the Aero name and brand and by having a separate logo for the Peoria BRT, the concept truly captures the evolution and forward thinking of our city.”
Capital and operational funding for the Peoria BRT will be shared between Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa funding packages.
About Vision Tulsa
Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, will make substantial investments in economic development, education, public safety, streets and transportation needs citywide. With citizen priorities providing the driving force behind the creation of Vision Tulsa, transformative projects and enhancements will set the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.