Oklahoma City to improve 140 EMBARK bus stops in 2024 with MAPS4 funding

Oklahoma City to improve 140 EMBARK bus stops in 2024 with MAPS4 funding Image credit: EMBARK

The City of Oklahoma City will improve 140 EMBARK bus stops in 2024 under first phase of the MAPS 4 Bus Stop Improvements Project. The enhancements will provide ADA-accessible, covered transit shelters with security lighting, trash receptacles and bike racks. 

Construction on the concrete pads will begin in northeast Oklahoma City this month. Crews will install shelters and amenities later this year. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in early 2025. The contractor is Atlas Construction Group, LLC.

MAPS 4 includes $11.2 million to improve approximately 500 of the system’s 1,400 stops. Phase 1 includes $4.3 million to improve bus stops across the city, which were deemed the highest priority based on daily ridership and other factors, including proximity to certain facilities where there is a need to improve accessibility to public transit. 

MAPS 4 Bus Stop Improvements Phase 1 include:

  • Shelter upgrades: Many bus stops will be equipped with upgraded shelters to protect customers from weather. The new bus shelters will be the standard eight-foot shelter size or upgraded to 12 feet or 16 feet if ridership warrants a larger structure.
  • Accessibility enhancements and paving flatwork: Paving improvements, installation of sidewalks and ramps at select stops will increase ADA accessibility at all shelters.
  • Seating and display boards: New seating will be installed, and all shelters in the first phase will receive a new display board.

Oklahoma City’s current bus stop shelter configurations are 5-by-8 feet and include a two-seat bench. With the addition of the MAPS 4 bus stop improvements, over half of the transit stops in EMBARK’s network will be ADA-accessible with a shelter.

MAPS 4 is a debt-free public improvement program funded by a temporary penny sales tax that will raise a projected $1.07 billion over eight years. Oklahoma City voters approved the sales tax to fund MAPS 4 in a special election on Dec. 10, 2019. The temporary penny sales tax funding MAPS 4 began April 1, 2020, and ends in 2028.

Source: OKC