New bus route aims to connect workers with jobs in northeast Tulsa and Owasso

Some of the Tulsa area’s biggest employers are located along the route

A new Tulsa Transit bus route will make a loop around some of the biggest employers in northeast Tulsa and Owasso.

Tulsa Transit’s Ted Rieck says for the roughly $350,000 used to create what they’re calling the Workforce Express Network (WEN) route, roughly $24 million will be generated in economic activity, including wages and consumer spending.

“It’s a big return on investment, but we also hope it changes people’s lives. Access to employment from the north Tulsa area is very limited. These are some plentiful, high-paying jobs in this area,” Rieck said.

That includes jobs at places like Whirlpool, Amazon, FedEx, John Zink, the Port of Catoosa, and Tulsa International Airport to name just a few.

The new route will be free to riders through the end of the year.

There is also a shuttle service that runs from the main bus route to some of the individual employers.

The loop runs up Peoria, continues along 76th Street North, then goes down Highway 169, and then runs back along Pine Street to Peoria.

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