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Debbie Ruggles, Asst. General Manager of Tulsa Transit, on the Future of Mass Transport in Our City

Aired on Tuesday, March 8th.

This evening -- Tuesday the 8th -- beginning at 6pm, Oklahoma Watch, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to both in-depth reporting and investigative journalism vis a vis public-policy issues, will host a free-to-the-public forum on the future of mass transit in the greater Tulsa area. The event will take place at the Central Center, near 6th and Peoria. Per the Eventbrite page for this event: "The question-and-answer forum will feature Debbie Ruggles, assistant general manager of Tulsa Transit, and James Wagner, principal transportation planner for Indian Nations Council of Government (INCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for greater Tulsa. Public transportation in Tulsa and surrounding communities is generally regarded as lagging behind systems in peer cities, which limits access to jobs, schools, services, and places of recreation. On April 5th, will Tulsa voters approve or reject a permanent sales tax that would pay $57 million for transit operations and capital over 15 years? Would the improvements meet residents' needs? In the wider Tulsa area, will more residents cut back on driving and ride buses? Will improved bus transit ultimately lead to a regional rail system?" Ruggles is our guest on StudioTulsa today as we explore several of these questions.

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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