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Tulsa preparing for next transportation revolution

Posted at 6:09 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 11:42:37-05

TULSA, Okla — In the 1920s, it was traffic lights.

In the 2000s, it was electric cars, then electric scooters.

In recent years, self-driving cars.

These are just some of the transportation revolutions that cities have had to adapt to.

With new innovations, comes new challenges and the city of Tulsa is preparing for whatever comes next.

A fast charger was recently installed downtown and it's one of the ways the city is preparing for the future of smart mobility.

In 2017, the mayor launched the Urban Mobility Innovation Task Force managed by the Indian Nations Council of Governments or INCOG.

The goal is to help the city adapt and prepare for new modes of travel.

Adriane Jaynes, Alternative Fuel Planner for INCOG, just bought her second electric car.

She said the most common question she's asked is where to charge because there's not a charger everywhere like gas stations.

"What people find out when they buy electric chargers is most of your charging needs, studies show about 90 percent, can be met by charging at home," Jaynes said. "So, if you have place to park in front of your house or apartment and you have access to an outlet, you can plug in and it will meet most of your needs."

And it's not just electric cars.

A public forum Thursday night at 4:30 pm at Marshall Brewing in Tulsa, will show off cool new innovations that local companies are working on, to change how we get around town in the near future.

There's also a survey you can fill out online and give feedback on any transportation challenges you have.

You can find the survey here.

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