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Construction continues in Brookside for new bus system

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 19:17:29-04

You've more than likely noticed the construction along Peoria Avenue as crews are building concrete platforms for Tulsa's Bus Rapid Transit System.

Another orange barrel headache in Tulsa.

It's not a pothole or a waterline project.

It's for Tulsa's Rapid Transit platforms on Peoria.

Just know those barrels will eventually go away and this is the whole goal of it to create a fast way to board from the street right on to the Rapid Transit Bus.

Bus drivers are already practicing how to pull up to these new platforms.

"This is a real life version of it," said Tulsa Transit's Ted Rieck. "The level boarding is exactly flush with inside flooring of the bus, so we think it will be a great convenience for people to use it."

The buses will come with the latest technology, like wifi, and will run on natural gas.

"So we think once people see this and get used to being able to use it, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised," said Rieck.

You might be slowing down now, but soon you could be flying through Brookside on a new bus.

"With any good thing there's going to be some hiccups and some sacrifices people have go to make, but I think in the end result I think everyone will be a lot happier with everything," said tourist Justin Landers.

Fares will start around $1.75 for a 2-hour pass and there will be 11 in total.

Officials say they plan to offer free fares at the beginning when the service starts later this winter.

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