A new Office of Mobility and Public Transit within the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been created. The establishment of the new office was included in House Bill 1365, which was signed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on April 25, 2019 and went into effect on July 1.
The new division is charged with overseeing a network of public transit systems, including EMBARK, Tulsa Transit, Little Dixie Transit and others designated by ODOT. The Oklahoma Department of Human Service (OKDHS) will transfer a program that provides federal funding to community organizations to provide bus and van service for the elderly and disabled to the new office. Additionally, the new Office of Mobility and Public Transit is charged with funding and development of the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan.
Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz promised a smooth transition with OKDHS leadership and a collaborative approach to implementing the law working with transit providers and professionals and the industry’s group, the Oklahoma Transit Association, over the next several months for a successful implementation.