EMBARK is a leader in the regional effort to plan, design, improve and maintain a cost-efficient transit network by fostering relationships, developing public/private partnerships with Greater Oklahoma City communities and promoting the use of transit oriented development policies.
Below are studies and grant projects that are aimed at significantly improving the transit options available for Central Oklahomans. Each builds on earlier plans and is based on broad public input and technical insights.
The purpose of the plan was to provide a clear picture of the future steps and funding opportunities essential to the bus, rail, vanpool, bus stop, technology and other improvements needed for the greater Oklahoma City region. The plan was designed to be conservative, practical, incremental and well supported by data.
The Fixed Guideway Plan (FGP) identifies potential regional transit solutions that improve connections among metropolitan area’s growth centers, enhance economic development opportunities, improve mobility, expand transportation options and improve air quality. The solutions include a combination of local bus, BRT, streetcar, commuter rail and other options.
The Greater Downtown Circulator AA was the first planning step toward carrying out the metro area’s Fixed Guideway Plan, and focused only on downtown and health center mobility. The AA recommended modern streetcar as the best overall transit technology and a 7.6 mile route. The TIGER II streetcar planning and ongoing MAPS 3 streetcar planning would build upon the AA work and focus on a shorter route. All streetcar options will feature an enhancement of the adjacent bus system.
MAPS 3 is a 10-year construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City.
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.
The Oklahoma City Planning Department, Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments and EMBARK have jointly collaborated to study and develop a concept plan which identifies the potential for multimodal transportation in the NW Corridor. In this plan, the NW Corridor is defined as the area that runs along North Classen Boulevard and Northwest Expressway. The goal of the concept plan is to increase mobility as well as improve community health through multimodal public transportation options and land use strategies.