Planning

The Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) planning staff is focused on improving & advancing public transportation projects by fostering public/private relationships, developing partnerships with Greater Oklahoma City communities and promoting the use of transit oriented development policies.

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Long-Range Planning

The COTPA Board of Trustees  identified the need to develop a vision and a clear plan for the future of public transit services in the greater Oklahoma City area. A steering committee was formed, consisting of civic leaders and citizens representing a broad spectrum of the metro area. In conjunction with staff and consultant assistance, a Long-Range Plan (LRP) was developed.

The development of the plan was guided by extensive public outreach, research into current and forecasted travel patterns in the metro area, demographic and development trends and the vision for the transit system by the Board of Trustees.

METRO Transit currently has among the lowest per capita amount of transit service provided by any similarly sized city. The focus of the Long-Range Plan was to improve existing services and to build support for service expansion both in terms of frequency, as well as geographic coverage.

The purpose of the plan was to provide a clear picture of the transit service that works best for the greater Oklahoma City region. The plan was designed to be conservative, practical, incremental and well supported by data.

Long-Range Plan Milestones

2002
 

Launch gometro.org website 

2003  

Service Additions

2004  

Downtown Transit Center Opens

Edmond Service Expansion

2006
 

Implementation of Farebox System

Received Fixed Guideway Study

2007
 

Initiated Alternatives Analysis

Completed Rider/Non-Rider Survey

2008
 

Partners with ACOG to provide a regional ride-share program

2009
 

Began Fleet Standardization with bus replacement program

Added peak service Rt. 8 & Rt. 40

Launched new/enhanced gometro.org site

Begins discovery phase of new brand/identity

2013  

City Council with COTPA Board commissions Transit Service Analysis (TSA) to
study current system and provide recommendations for improving service using
existing budget and resources. (learn more)

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For questions or more information about planning projects and/or studies contact:

Larry Hopper, Planning Manager혻혻 |혻혻 email혻혻 |혻혻 (405) 297-3935

For questions or more information about route planning, development and scheduling contact:

Wayne Simpson, Scheduling Manager 혻 |혻혻 email혻혻 |혻혻 (405) 297-3874