Regional Transit

Central Oklahoma Bus Service

Fixed route bus service in the OCARTS area is operated by three providers in Central Oklahoma. The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) operates EMBARK in Oklahoma City (with some service to Midwest City), the University of Oklahoma Transit Services Division operates Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART) in the City of Norman, and McDonald Transit operates Citylink under contract with the City of Edmond. COTPA, CART, and Citylink also provide special services to meet the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities in the Central Oklahoma area. In addition to the buses operating in the urban part of the OCARTS area, First Capital Trolley in Guthrie and Delta Public Transit in McClain County provide rural public bus service within the region. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation administers the federal non-urbanized area program, which includes 20 rural transit providers statewide.

Amtrak Service in Central Oklahoma

Amtrak passenger rail service in Central Oklahoma consists of the Heartland Flyer service to Fort Worth, Texas. The train departs Oklahoma City’s Santa Fe Depot, located at Reno Avenue and E. K. Gaylord, every morning and arrives in Fort Worth shortly after noon. It departs Fort Worth at 5:25 p.m. daily and arrives back in Oklahoma City at 9:39 p.m. The train stops in the Oklahoma communities of Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, and Ardmore, as well as Gainesville, Texas.

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PHOTO DETAILS A man waits to ride the bus home from work. 36th and Western Avenue, OKC.

Transit Visioning

Fixed Guideway Study

The Regional Fixed Guideway Study (FGS) was completed in December 2005. It resulted in a 2030 System Plan for Central Oklahoma and recommended feasible corridors for further investigation of commuter rail transit, bus rapid transit, a downtown Oklahoma City streetcar system, and an improved bus system to enhance connections among all public transportation services.

Intermodal Hub Master Plan

In partnership with COTPA, the City of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, ACOG led an intermodal transportation hub study, prepared by a local consultant, and completed in June 2011. The year-long study involved a two-tier evaluation process that began with ten initial sites along the major rail lines within downtown Oklahoma City and culminated with selection of the Santa Fe Depot on E.K. Gaylord Boulevard in downtown Oklahoma City. The Santa Fe Depot currently houses Oklahoma City’s Amtrak Heartland Flyer service, and through the hub study, it was determined that the adjacent rail yard is sufficient to support the future commuter rail services recommended by the Regional Fixed Guideway Study (FGS). In addition, current right-of-way exists to construct a third platform if future passenger rail demand were to grow beyond that identified in the FGS 2030 System Plan. The results of the hub study are presented in the Intermodal Transportation Hub Master Plan.

Click here to view the appendix.

Regional Transit Dialogue

ACOG initiated a visioning process to determine the desire for expanded and enhanced regional public transportation, in cooperation with local partners, in spring 2009. This Regional Transit Dialogue (RTD) engages locally elected officials, policy stakeholders, private sector leaders, and the general public to articulate how transit can serve the OCARTS area in the years and decades to come, building upon the recommendations from Fixed Guideway Study 2030 System Plan.

Commuter Corridor Study

In addition to the Downtown Area alternatives analysis and intermodal hub study, the 2005 Regional Fixed Guideway Study recommended that alternatives analyses be conducted for the corridors identified in the 2030 System Plan. This includes the commuter corridors between downtown Oklahoma City and Edmond, Norman, and Midwest City/Tinker Air Force Base, which were identified as potential candidates for commuter rail. In February 2013, ACOG initiated the Commuter Corridors Study to evaluate the three corridors. The 18-month study, known as ACOG_CentralOK!go, was completed in July 2014 and approved by the MPO the following October. The study provided in-depth analysis of potential alignments, technologies, ridership forecasts and estimated costs, and culiminating in the selection of a locally-preferred alternative (LPA) for each corridor.

Click on the documents below for more information including the FINAL REPORT, APPENDICES and EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.

CentralOK!go Executive Summary

CentralOK!go Final Report

CentraOK!go Appendices

Intermodal Transportation Hub Study

In partnership with COTPA, the City of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, ACOG led an intermodal transportation hub study, prepared by a local consultant, and completed in June 2011. The year-long study involved a two-tier evaluation process that began with ten initial sites along the major rail lines within downtown Oklahoma City and culminated with selection of the Santa Fe Depot on E.K. Gaylord Boulevard in downtown Oklahoma City. The Santa Fe Depot currently houses Oklahoma City’s Amtrak Heartland Flyer service, and through the hub study, it was determined that the adjacent rail yard is sufficient to support the future commuter rail services recommended by the Regional Fixed Guideway Study (FGS). In addition, current right-of-way exists to construct a third platform if future passenger rail demand were to grow beyond that identified in the FGS 2030 System Plan. The results of the hub study are presented in the Intermodal Transportation Hub Master Plan. See links below:

  • Intermodal Transportation Hub Master Plan for Central Oklahoma, June 30, 2011
  • Intermodal Transportation Hub Master Plan for Central Oklahoma, June 30, 2011 Appendix

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