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An Update on Tulsa's Fast Forward Plan: It's All About BRT (as in, Bus Rapid Transit)

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On this edition of our show, we get an update on Tulsa's Regional Transit System Plan, which is also known as Fast Forward. The plan was adopted last year, in October of 2011, and operations are now moving forward on the first major enhancement to the current Tulsa Transit set-up. That first enhancement is a proposed BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, that would run along the lengthy Peoria/Riverside Corridor (which is 20+ miles long, from Far North to Far South Tulsa). Buses that operate within BRT systems are typically sleek, low-to-the-ground, express-type buses that look and function more like commuter trains than conventional city buses --- and the stops, or stations, for such BRTs are likewise far more accommodating and informative than conventional bus stops. (For example, such stations often feature electronic signage telling riders that the "next bus will arrive in ten minutes," or the like.) Our guests on today's ST are both heavily involved in the current Peoria/Riverside Corridor Study: James Wagner in a Senior Transportation Planner with INCOG and Mike McAnelly is a Project Manager with Jacobs Engineering. You can learn more about Fast Forward (and about its Peoria/Riverside Corridor Study) at this link.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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