Progress: drawing actual bus lines for the first time. Not surprisingly, the bus yard is in the very center of this map — lots of the longer routes pass by on either 3rd or 6th so they can switch drivers.
A bit of Tulsa bus nomenclature (more of that to come): 1xx routes are out-and-back routes from the downtown station (the 100 starts downtown and ends on east Admiral Place in far east Tulsa) and 2xx routes connect the downtown station with the Midtown Memorial station* (the 222, likely the longest route in town, passes through north, south, east and midtown Tulsa — it crosses / transfers to the airport line** four times, passes two large hospitals, both the OU and OSU campuses and a shopping mall — which is why I felt it deserved a primary color).
This project gets more complicated by the minute. Attempting this project with a city I wasn’t so intimately familiar with would be overwhelming.
*coincidentally not in midtown by most accepted boundaries
** probably the least sensical bus route in the city. Riding the bus from the downtown station to the airport takes about 40 minutes (you could do it in 10 in a car, even in pretty substantial traffic) as you spend a great deal of time snaking through north Tulsa neighborhoods. We’re talking residential streets. I feel like they must have consolidated lines at some point or something. Another fun note from personal experience: the bus drives through the airport terminal loading zones (inbound and outbound) but doesn’t stop if you don’t pull the cord. I learned that the hard way, and ended up having to walk a half a mile with a rolling suitcase. I think maybe the 203 deserves its own post.