Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-20 14:27:34 –
Oklahoma City (Free press) — In a session on Tuesday, the Oklahoma City City Council heard a presentation on the annual user survey from EMBARK and the latest information on economic development from Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
The council also heard about plans for a bicycle infrastructure along SE59th Street, although action was postponed.
Marty Piercy reports local government
Oklahoma City’s public transport system, EMBARK, and parking authorities conduct annual rider customer service surveys. Every other year, it includes a non-rider survey of residents of Oklahoma City.
A representative of the ETC Institute, a company that manages and aggregates data, has published the latest findings.
In general, research has shown that non-riders in Oklahoma City still overwhelmingly believe in the value of a powerful public transport system. The main driving force for that support is the perceived impact on economic development and accessibility to work.
Of the non-riders surveyed, 8 out of 10 knew what EMBARK was. This is a higher percentage than in other cities and reflects the excellent efforts the EMBARK marketing team has taken to raise awareness of the brand and its services.
For customer service surveys, the results were good despite the transportation system facing difficulties during the pandemic.
According to the experts who presented the findings, EMBARK was far superior to many other transportation systems of similar size. EMBARK has been fairly consistent at service levels over the past year and a half.
Despite many safety measures, including limited seating on buses and trams, the riders surveyed were largely satisfied with EMBARK’s service. In fact, tram users were overwhelmingly happy.
According to the survey responses, 66% of tram users were visitors to downtown Oklahoma City. One in ten riders live or work in the downtown area.
The area of improvement suggested to EMBARK by the data emphasizes the frequency of service. More than half of EMBARK bus riders make at least one transfer per trip.
It is currently built into transit hub style systems, but improving these connections will benefit riders on their way to work or on schedule, reducing commuting time. This is an attractive result for transportation.
Chamber of Commerce Update
Roy Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, provided the latest information on Oklahoma City’s economic development over the past year.
Williams’ report was positive and optimistic about the recovery of some of the regional economies, including what appears to be a steady increase in the hospitality sector.
Williams advertised the success of the Chamber of Commerce’s legislative agenda. Parliament was passed and Governor Stitt signed a regional transport bill. If King Leon returns to Scissortail Park, people will also pass a bill allowing municipalities like Oklahoma City to ban guns in some public spaces during some events. You may feel that you can participate more safely.
According to Williams, the aerospace industry continues to become economically prominent in the state. He explained that 40% of aerospace employment is now in the private sector, which is a good region in central Oklahoma.
Williams also emphasized the Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Nikki Nice, a member of the 7th ward assembly, opposed this claim because it has been repeated over the past few months.
Nice said he had never seen from the Chamber of Commerce any indication that they were practicing diversity and inclusion. She wondered if there was a special tab on their website that she couldn’t find.
Williams replied that the Chamber of Commerce is affiliated with the Urban League. This is the answer that Nice seems to be dissatisfied with.
Nice pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce does not show much diversity in substance. She asked what evidence they had that they made such a promise.
Williams did not answer Nice’s question. Nice then referred to Williams’ silence, saying, “It speaks to my concern.”
Public Works Director Eric Wenger gave a presentation on the Better Streets Safer City project to build a dedicated bicycle lane on part of SE 59th Street.
This project will include rebuilding the street lanes near the eastern part. The lanes are reduced from four full lanes for cars to two lanes with a central turn lane and a bicycle lane with two feet of buffer and delineator on each side.
When some members of the council asked about the impact on drivers in the area and received less information than desired, District 8 Councilor Mark Stonecipher asked for items to collect more information. Moved to postpone for two weeks.
Such items will be taken up at the next city council meeting to be held at 8:30 am on August 3rd.
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Last updated: July 20, 2021, 1:45 pm Brett Dickerson – Editor
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