West Tulsan expresses concern over Tulsa Transit bus stop, calls for designated signage

TULSA - A concerned west Tulsa resident says safety is an issue for bus riders on South 37th West Avenue near West 56th Street.

Brenda Mansker, who describes the area as overgrown with brush, without sidewalks, no lighting and no Tulsa Transit signage, says flagging the bus in the area is unsafe.

She says she also worries for her granddaughter, who catches the bus to TCC before sunrise each morning.

The narrow street has been used as a bus route for close to two years, according to Tulsa Transit planning manager Liann Alfaro.

Alfaro says all areas covered by Tulsa Transit use the flag system, whereby a potential rider can flag down a bus for a ride.

Flagging is the only way for nearby residents to catch the bus, according to Masker, who wants designated signage.

The stop, according Alfaro, used to be at West 55th Street and South 37th West Avenue, but was moved due to safety concerns involving school busses.

Alfaro says Tulsa Transit will be out to the area Wednesday to see if it would be better served with Tulsa Transit signage.

She also says the city of Tulsa is looking into concerns raised about overgrown brush.

Lara Weber, a spokeswoman for the city of Tulsa, says mowing crews backed up due to the amount of rain the city's incurred this summer.

Weber also says that if an overhanging street light is out of service, residents should contact PSO.

If no lighting exists, she advises residents to call the city's Customer Care Center at 918-596-2100 to request a light be installed.

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