The Oklahoma Alliance for Public Transportation is a statewide grassroots coalition whose focus is to increase mainstream awareness and funding for much-needed expansion of public transportation in Oklahoma.

Transit Townhall, February 26, Farmers’ Public Market

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The Oklahoma Alliance for Public Transportation and Oklahoma City ward two city councilman Dr. Ed Shadid will host a Transit Townhall on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmers Public Market.

Jarrett-Walker-300x219Jarrett Walker, transit planner and author of the book Human Transit, will be the main speaker. Walker makes complex transportation planning concepts accessible to anyone, and works to build grassroots understanding of transit issues.

“The transit decision we make today will affect growth and quality of life in Oklahoma City for decades,” APT chair Lauren Branch said, “so it is imperative that citizens and city leaders understand the complexities of the issue. This townhall is a step toward fostering that understanding.”

Transit planners from the national consulting firm Nelson Nygaard will also be present. Nelson Nygaard is currently studying strategies for improving the METRO Transit bus system. The Nelson Nygaard study is an outgrowth of APT’s 2012 push for Sunday bus service and its request for a study of rapid transit feasibility in Oklahoma City.