Bus Transit Service Changes

Projecting 10 years into the future, the Go Norman Transit Plan identified many recommendations for transit improvements in Norman. Including additional frequency, Sunday service, expanded service coverage, and expanded hours on weekdays and Saturdays, these recommendations were put into phases to help guide the City in making improvements strategically as funding becomes available. The first phase of recommended improvements is to revamp the current route network to better serve existing areas within or near the existing budget. On September 27, 2022 City Council unanimously approved and acknowledged the Public Participation Process for service changes as identified in the Go Norman Transit Plan. 

A copy of the presentation about the proposed service changes can be reviewed by following the link below.

2023 Service Change Slide Deck

 

 

Current Route Network 2022

overview map of current transit bus route network with each route lined in a different color To view a larger version of the map - right click and open in a new tab or new window.

The current route network uses a loop system where each route follows a single direction along a circular route before returning to the same origin. This style of bus route can reach further geographically but in doing so increases the time before a bus stops in the same area. 

Proposed Route Network 2023

overview map of proposed new transit bus route network with each route lined in a different color To view a larger version of the map - right click and open in a new tab or new window.

The proposed route network uses a bidirectional system where each route follows a single direction outward and then returns along the same line effectively doubling the stops made along the route and decreasing the time before a bus stops in the same area. This helps to cut down the time a rider has to wait for the bus. 

Additionally, this proposed route network is designed to also accommodate future service expansions, when funding allows, to reach destinations further north, east, and southeast of where buses currently go, or will go if the proposed route network is adopted. 

PUBLIC NOTICE - PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

In compliance with the Public Participation Plan which is an appendix of the City's Transit Title VI Program, the City of Norman has recently concluded a series of three public meetings as well as a public comment period to collect feedback on the proposed route changes. Official public comments were collected between October 30, 2022 and November 21, 2022 and have been added to the official public hearing record. The proposed transit service modifications are planned for implementation in August 2023, pending council approval.

Three public meetings were held on various days and times to review the proposed route changes, then receive comments and answer questions. These meetings were held at the date, time , and location shown below without issue:

  • The first meeting occurred virtually via Zoom on November 15 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • The second meeting occurred on November 16 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Central Norman Public Library, 103 W. Acres Street, in the Oklahoma Redbud room.
  • And the third and final meeting occurred on November 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 W. Gray Street, in the Council Chambers.

 

Any public feedback received after November 21, 2022 will not be included in the official record. This cutoff date is required to provide time for staff to incorporate the feedback received into the final proposal and report to City Council. All official comments and sign-in sheets are subject to open records requests. Based on input gathered during the public comment period (October 30, 2022 - November 21, 2022), it is anticipated that the City of Norman Council will act on these changes on December 13, 2022. 

Public feedback is still encouraged, but will not be included in the official record and will not be presented as part of the report to City Council. Transit and Parking staff always welcomes public questions and comments on our work by phone at 405-307-7219 and by email at transit@normanok.gov.