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Public Invited to Meetings for Land Use along Bus Rapid Transit Route

This article was archived on 12/7/2016

Community workshops and "walkshops" are set for late July to gather public comment on preferences for how growth and development should occur along the future bus rapid transit (BRT) route along Peoria Avenue.

The City of Tulsa is working closely with other agencies and stakeholders to complete a land use study for land surrounding future transit station areas located along the Peoria Avenue corridor (Tulsa Transit Route No. 105) between East 38th Street North and the intersection of South Lewis Avenue and East 81st Street. A consultant team led by The Lakota Group will evaluate the areas around seven of the 36 future bus rapid transit stations, and will recommend land use changes and policies to encourage economic development.

Based on an analysis of the conditions surrounding each station, the study will identify priority projects, strategies for addressing barriers to development, and recommendations for zoning modifications. This project will kick off in late July with public workshops and the final framework document will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council in February.

The upcoming public outreach effort includes workshops (indoors) and walkshops (outdoors) at three different locations to be convenient for area stakeholders to attend. These will be opportunities to work with the consultant team to identify current issues and opportunities for improvements that can enhance the area around these future bus stop locations.

The City and consultant will host the workshops and walkshops as follows:

South Tulsa Workshop

Tuesday, July 26
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Spirit Life Church
5345 S. Peoria Ave.

Central Tulsa Workshop

Tuesday, July 26
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Center at Centennial Park
1028 E. Sixth St.

North Tulsa Workshop

Wednesday, July 27
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Morton Comprehensive Health Services
1334 N. Lansing Ave.

South Peoria Avenue and East 61st Street Walkshop

Wednesday, July 27

9-10 a.m.
South Tulsa Community House - rear parking lot
5780 S. Peoria Ave.

South Peoria and East 11th Street Walkshop

Wednesday, July 27
11 a.m. - noon
Centennial Park Parking Lot
East Sixth Street and South Peoria Avenue

North Peoria Avenue and East Pine Street Walkshop

Wednesday, July 27
3-4 p.m.
Gateway Market Parking Lot
1601 N. Peoria Ave.

The City of Tulsa Comprehensive Plan identifies the need to provide a variety of transportation options including bus rapid transit. INCOG (Indian Nations Council of Governments) completed a Regional Transit Plan and Alternatives Analysis for the Corridor Transit Study that identified Peoria Avenue as the best location for a BRT route.

Today, the No. 105 bus route serving the Peoria Avenue corridor carries more passengers than any other existing transit route in Tulsa. Once the BRT system is in place, buses will run approximately every 15 minutes during peak hours, and approximately every 20 minutes at other times, thus making bus service in Tulsa more regular, reliable, and efficient. Economic development around station areas would be encouraged through revised land use policy to encourage transit-oriented development.