Oklahoma City Council adopts MAPS 4 EMBARK BRT route

Oklahoma City Council adopts MAPS 4 EMBARK BRT route Image credit: EMBARK

Oklahoma City Council has approved a 17-mile route (locally preferred alternative) for the new MAPS 4 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in northeast and south Oklahoma City.  The approved route establishes a BRT corridor connecting the Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City to SW 89th Street and S Portland Avenue near the industrial logistics hub where the Amazon fulfillment facility is located. This will be Oklahoma City’s second BRT route.

MAPS 4 includes $61 million to build the EMBARK-operated BRT corridor connecting south and northeast OKC. The City will leverage MAPS funds to apply for federal grants. Construction is scheduled to start in 2028.

The approved route, which could be constructed in two phases, will include 26 stop locations, each with a northbound and southbound station, and is projected to serve 2,700 weekday riders, connecting to approximately 50,000 jobs. The consolidation of two previously separate corridors into a single 17-mile route allows for a significantly enhanced customer experience when both phases are operational.

The BRT buses will travel along a combination of mixed traffic and dedicated lanes including business access and turn (BAT) lanes and center-running lanes. BRT stations typically include amenities such as lighting, shelter, monumental signage, ticketing kiosks, real-time arrival information, level boarding and more. Rapid BRT buses arrive every 12-15 minutes on weekdays.

Key community destinations and employment hubs along the corridor include Metro Tech, Ralph Ellison Library, Automobile Alley, the Innovation District, Capitol Hill, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center and Oklahoma City Community College.

Source: EMBARK