The City of Tulsa Planning Department received an Outstanding Plan Award at this week’s annual conference of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes the Peoria Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Land Use Framework. The City’s consultant on the project, The Lakota Group, also was recognized with the award.
“Along with building our physical project to implement bus rapid transit on Peoria Avenue, land use planning helps us to maximize our options for serving passengers and facilitating economic development along this soon-to-be-improved Tulsa Transit route,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.
The Peoria Land Use Framework provides land use, zoning, infrastructure and economic development recommendations for key enhanced station areas. The Peoria will provide a new type of transit service for residents and visitors in Tulsa and is the first use of technology in the state of Oklahoma.
“The Land Use Framework and accompanying voluntary opt-in rezoning program leverage significant public investment and commitment to public transit with complimentary development patterns that will spur growth in this heavily traveled corridor,” said Dawn Warrick, Planning Department Director.
The Peoria Bus Rapid Transit project will provide faster and more frequent service with enhanced vehicles, stations and rider amenities. The route will mostly follow the current Tulsa Transit Route 105, which is the most heavily traveled in the city.