New bus transfer station will clear space for Scholar's Walk
Heather Antonsen, The Oklahoma Daily
A new bus transfer station, which will be completed by spring break, will get city route buses off of campus and clear space for the new Scholars' Walk.
The new station, called the Brooks Street Transfer Station, will accommodate the Norman city bus routes that Cleveland Area Rapid Transit service runs, according to Vicky Holland, OU Parking and Transit Marketing Specialist.
The current bus route, which loops up the Van Vleet Oval and down Asp Avenue, would be in the way of a paved walking and biking path known as the Scholars' Walk, which is already under construction.
“It’s become impossible to be there anymore”, Holland said.
During President David Boren’s term as president OU has become an increasingly pedestrian campus, meaning the campus has become friendlier to walkers and bikers, OU Press Secretary Michael Nash said.
The Scholar’s Walk, is the third in a series of walkways at OU, following the Michael F. Price Walk on the west side of the South Oval, and the Roy T. Oliver Walk, which is north of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Nash said.
Before the May 28 transfer station opening, new bus routes will have to be planned and drivers will have to be trained to accommodate the station, Holland said.
“But we’re looking forward to it,” Holland said.
The campus routes, which include the Apartment Loop and the research shuttles, will not move to the transfer station. Instead, they will drop students off near the greenhouses on Asp Ave. at another station called the Campus Depo, Holland said.
Not all students agree with the move, however. Psychology junior Michael Knapp, a veteran who suffers with congestive heart failure, would have to walk an extra block every day because of the move, he said.
“I don’t think they’re thinking about the disabled,” Knapp said.
The project meets accessibility standards, meaning it meets all codes for individuals who are disabled, Nash said.