In January 2013, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) initiated a Transit Service Analysis process. The goals of the Transit Service Analysis were to evaluate the existing Metro Transit bus system, improve the route network to increase ridership and productivity within the existing budget, and also identify future service improvements if additional resources become available. The study was awarded to consultant NelsonNygaard - a nationally recognized public transport planning and engineering firm.
NelsonNygaard shared their initial findings with the COTPA Board and City Council at a meeting on April 17, 2013. The consultants explained the possibility of eliminating service in areas served by multiple routes or those having low ridership. By doing so, service would be reallocated to allow for higher frequency in areas with higher ridership and fewer deviations through neighborhoods.
On May 21, two community meetings were held at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Public Library. The consultant presented the identical information at a noon and 5 p.m. meeting. The consultant presented their early findings and walked attendees through their recommendations for improving the current system. The public was encouraged to provide comments and respond to an online or paper survey.
Staff is developing a calendar for community meetings to take place throughout Oklahoma City and to discuss implementing some of the recommendations. The calendar of meetings will be posted on gometro.org, the Transit Center, on buses and provided to news media outlets. Citizens are encouraged to attend the meetings to ask questions and voice their comments. It is anticipated that the meetings will take place in October.
Final Report Resources:
- NelsonNygaard Final Report (Request A Copy)
- Calendar of Meetings (coming soon)
May 21 Meeting Resources: