The oklahoma department of transportation is the governing body for the state's highway system. The department is responsible for the construction and maintenance of highways, bridges, rail lines, airports, and public transit systems in oklahoma. The agency is headed by a director and overseen by a nine member commission. Commissioners are appointed by the governor with the approval of the senate. The Commission establishes agency policies, awards contracts, approves budgets and conducts oversight.
KSWO reports that ODOT has announced it is asking for feedback on a new multimodal transportation plan that will help communities create and implement statewide active transportation strategies. This includes sidewalks, bikeways and trails, which provide health and safety benefits to users of all ages and abilities.
In Oklahoma, public transportation services are often the only means of travel available for many residents in rural areas and for people with disabilities or limited incomes. Support for public transportation services in the state comes from federal and local grants as well as daily passenger fares.
ODOT is seeking input on a new state action plan to improve highway-rail grade crossing safety across the state. The agency is seeking comments through an online survey that closes Jan. 6. There are 3,450 crossings in Oklahoma. The department says public participation is critical to ensuring the needs identified in the plan are met.