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Tulsa Transit Makes an Appeal for $14.6 Million in Vision 2025 Sales Tax Funding

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Aired on Friday, September 4th.

In several ways, obviously, Tulsa -- especially downtown Tulsa -- looks and feels much different than it did ten or fifteen years ago. Or even five years ago. Developments, improvements, enhancements, and refurbishments are occuring on many fronts. But what about the mass transit system that serves this community? On today's ST, another discussion in our series of interviews with organizations aiming to acquire funding through the Vision 2025 sales tax extension. Tulsa Transit is requesting $14.6 million in this regard, which would pay for capital improvemnets as well as operating expenses. (You can view the proposal that was made to the Tulsa City Council by Tulsa Transit at this link.) Our two guests spell out the details of this proposal, which includes (to name just a few goals) improving weekday bus frequency on all routes, funding operations for the north/south Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Peoria, paying for an east/west BRT on 11th Street that would connect with the Peoria BRT, and improving evening and weekend service. We are joined on StudioTulsa by Bill Cartwright, the General Manager at Tulsa Transit, and James Wagner, the Principal Transportation Planner at INCOG.

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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