North Tulsa transportation needs highlighted by Tulsa's Young Professionals and transit leaders

TULSA - Volunteers built a pop-up transit station near 36th Street North and North Peoria as a way to highlight the transportation needs of the North Star neighborhood Friday morning.

It's another step in Tulsa's Young Professional's Street CReD event at the North Star neighborhood, which kicks off Saturday morning.

TYPros are also highlighting the need for a grocery store in the area, which they label a food desert because there isn't a grocery store within two miles of the North Star neighborhood.

TYPros were also joined by members of Tulsa Transit, who used the pop-up station to push their plan to increase the frequency of bus stops to every 15 minutes and also provide improved infrastructure like shelters with better lighting, sidewalks and stops that could be accessed by the disabled and non-disabled alike.

"All of these bus stations would have security and have lighting and they'll also have the additional sidewalks to make sure that everything's ADA compliant so that everybody whether you're disabled or not disabled would be able to use these stations," said Tulsa Transit general manage Bill Cartwright.

In the most recent survey released from the City of Tulsa, residents attending capital improvements meetings said transit was the third most important area that could benefit from a third penny sales tax extension. Transit came in third behind (1) streets and transportation and (2) culture and recreation and ahead of (5) police and (7) fire.  

Cartwright says that without the money generated from the tax, the plans will not be able to be put into action.

TYPro's executive director Brian Paschal said the area cannot wait for the funds and is urging the community to come out Saturday morning to show their support for improvements in the North Star neighborhood.

"We don't want to sit around waiting, and if we can come out here and even if it's just, you know, for a weekend or for a day, and it really is kind of do it yourself with limited funds, look what can be done. So if as a city, we really get behind that idea, I think that there's a lot that we can get done," he said.

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