Aero Bus Rapid Transit to Launch “Test Period” Sunday

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Aero Bus Rapid Transit to Launch “Test Period” Sunday

Free Fares and Test Rides Set for Nov. 17 – Dec. 19

TULSA, Okla. – The City of Tulsa and Tulsa Transit are kicking off the Peoria Aero Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with a month-long “beta test period” starting Sunday featuring free fares for riders.

The Aero BRT service will officially launch on Dec. 19.

“With our launch of the Aero BRT, Tulsa becomes one of the first cities in the United States to operate a bus rapid transit line,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “The new Aero BRT route will connect 1 in 7 Tulsans with 1 in 5 job opportunities in our community, ensuring some of our city’s greatest destinations, neighborhoods and educational opportunities are more accessible to everyone. It marks a transformation in the transportation options our city offers its residents and visitors.”

The Peoria Aero BRT service will feature 11 new buses and 52 modern stations providing service along Peoria Avenue from 54th Street North to 81st Street South. The Aero will run every 15 minutes during peak service on weekdays and every 20-30 minutes on weekends.

Additional amenities will include real-time electronic arrival displays at stations to show when the next bus is arriving, bike racks on the bus and at stations, and Wi-Fi on the buses.

 To introduce the new Aero service, Tulsa Transit is inviting Tulsans to test out the Peoria BRT service for free for the next month and provide feedback on their experience.

“We are excited about the Aero and the new chapter it opens for transit in Tulsa,” said Ted Rieck, Tulsa Transit general manager. “We want to provide excellent service to all Tulsans – those who rely upon it daily as well as those who are using it for the first time. That’s why we’ve developed this beta test period to have riders tell us what they like about the Aero and where we can improve going forward.”

Rieck said Tulsans can provide their feedback on Aero in several ways:

  • Call Tulsa Transit at (918) 582-2100
  • Email Tulsa Transit at info@tulsatransit.org
  • Message Tulsa Transit on Facebook or Twitter

The high-capacity transit line will connect people to jobs and many major destinations around Tulsa, including Downtown, Cherry Street, Brookside, Pearl District, Phoenix District, Route 66, the BOK Center, The Gathering Place, Tulsa Tech Peoria Campus, Shoppes on Peoria, Oral Roberts University, Centennial Park and the Denver Avenue Station.

“We’re excited to bring Aero BRT service to the residents of Tulsa and offer so many amenities to our riders,” said James Wagner, Tulsa Transit board member. “The average Tulsan is forced to spend roughly a quarter of their income on transportation costs. By offering excellent transit options and reducing that burden, Tulsans can instead invest that money in areas that build financial security and stability – and transform both the physical and social fabric of our community.”

“The new Aero bus service will be a real game changer for residents throughout the city,” said Tulsa City Council Chair Phil Lakin. “This is something our entire Council supports because of the positive impact that a strong public transportation service will create for our community’s economic development and the quality of life of our residents.”

“By extending this new BRT service to underserved parts of our community, we’re creating opportunities for residents to reliably access work, education, entertainment and healthy food options that had not been possible before,” explained City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper. “This seriously has the potential to positively impact people’s lives in so many ways.”

“There’s also been a big push over the last few years to improve the walkability and bikeability of our city,” added City Councilor Kara Joy McKee. “The new Aero service, with its reliable schedule and accommodations for bicycles, makes walking and biking to work and school feasible for a much greater number of Tulsans. It’s a huge selling point for our city.” 

Funding for the Aero BRT service comes from two sources:

  • Passage of the 2013 Improve Our Tulsa capital improvements package, which provided funds to build the stations and buy nine new buses with the Aero brand.
  • The Vision Tulsa permanent transit tax approved by voters in April 2016, which provided funding for Aero BRT operations and extension of the transit route from 36th Street North to 54th Street North.

For more information about the Aero BRT, visit http://aerobrt.tulsatransit.org/.

 

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