Tulsa, Okla. - Getting the same technology that some emergency vehicles have to turn stoplights green is just one of the ideas being proposed to upgrade Tulsa's bus service and make it more efficient.
INCOG is looking at a number of different ways to improve bus service.
INCOG Planner James Wagner says for not much money, about $15 million, bus service could be changed to imitate all the best traits of a light-rail system.
One idea is to concentrate buses on a designated corridor like Peoria Avenue, and to upgrade the stops along the way.
"You kind of upgrade those stations from not just being stops, y'know 'sticks in the ground', but actual stations where people can find themselves waiting and not just be standing out there in the elements," Wagner said.
He said they don't think giving the buses the ability to change traffic lights would cause a major disruption to traffic flow on cross-streets.
"It only activates that system, which is called signal pre-emption, when the bus is behind schedule, so under normal circumstances, when the bus is running on schedule, it wouldn't actually do that."
He said traffic flow in Tulsa is typically much heavier on the north-south arteries than the east-west arteries.
So he said activating more green lights on the north-south routes shouln't impact the east-west routes as much.
He said buses could also get more technology that would let them automatically notify riders at stops on their smart phones if the bus is running late.