Saturday, January 1, 2011
Tulsa, OK –INCOG, the Tulsa regional transportation planning agency, announced that it has initiated the development of a regional transportation system plan in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority, the City of Tulsa and INCOG member communities including Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso and Sand Springs.
The Transit System Plan will analyze and prioritize the Tulsa region's major transportation corridors, followed by analysis of alternative transportation modes, such as commuter rail, light rail, trolleys and express buses. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., which has offices in Tulsa and experience on similar projects in Oklahoma City and across the nation, is leading both the technical and public participation components of the effort. The public participation phase is scheduled to begin in January 2011.
"Transportation investments are one of the most important factors in restoring our economy and attracting good jobs," said James Wagner, INCOG Senior Transportation Planner. "This is an extremely important opportunity for the Tulsa region to compete for federal grants which are increasingly moving toward public transportation. We're thrilled to have Jacobs Engineering on our team to help execute this critical project. We encourage residents of the Tulsa region to participate as we begin reaching out to them in January."
Funding for the Transit System Plan was provided by the municipalities which have been identified as possible beneficiaries of this process: City of Tulsa, City of Broken Arrow, City of Bixby, City of Jenks, City of Owasso, City of Sand Springs, as well as MTTA and ODOT. More information on the Regional Transit System Plan can be found www.incog.org/transportation/tspaa.htm.
INCOG is a voluntary association of local governments serving Creek, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties. INCOG provides planning and coordination services to assist in creating solutions to local and regional challenges in such areas as land use, transportation, community and economic development, the environment, and public safety.