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Building Mass Transit in OKC and Tulsa (Jan 07, 2007)
Since its inception in a single day in 1889, the city of Oklahoma City has experienced remarkable growth, and its population continues to increase. Unfortunately, with more people comes more traffic and congestion, and that spells trouble for a state whose roads and bridges already rank as some of the worst in the nation. Now business and political leaders have begun to explore mass transit as a partial solution to congestion in and around Oklahomaís largest cities. We hear from Tom Shelton, associate principal for the Dallas-based architecture and engineering consulting firm Carter & Burgess. Shelton was a lead consultant to the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authorityís Fixed Guideway Study, which developed a plan to implement a regional bus/rail public transportation system in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Meanwhile, Tulsa is currently considering the creation of its first rail line or a bus rapid transit service linking it with the city of Broken Arrow. Rich Fisher, host of Studio Tulsa on Public Radio Tulsa speaks with the General Manager of Tulsa Transit Bill Cartwright, as well as transportation consultant Timothy Schmidt.

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