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Input sought on longterm public transportation priorities

January drone image of construction at the I-235 and I-44 interchange. [Dave Morris/The Oklahoman]
January drone image of construction at the I-235 and I-44 interchange. [Dave Morris/The Oklahoman]

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is seeking public input on what the state's transportation priorities should be for the next 25 years.

Rather than focusing on individual projects, department officials said they want to know what people's priorities are for various types or travel and freight movement in the state.

They want to know how people prioritize things like highways, passenger and freight rail service, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes, ports, waterways and airport access.

Oklahomans interested in expressing their views can visit the website between June 2 and June 23, where they will be asked to take a short online survey. Feedback from the survey will be incorporated into the 25-year planning document.

A formal public comment period will follow from June 29 to July 29, when people will be invited to submit comments by email, mail or telephone. Comments and questions can be submitted by email to or mailed by letter to Matthew Swift, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Strategic Asset and Performance Management Division, 200 N.E. 21 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Verbal comments can be made by calling (405) 522-6879.

Once the 25-year planning document is complete, it will be voted on by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, the two primary sources of federal funding for Oklahoma Department of Transportation projects.

Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›