The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transit and Transportation Program (TTP) has outgrown its old facility and will dedicate the new TTP building located north of Okmulgee with an open house today, September 17.
Since the new MCN administration came on in 2012, TTP has provided almost $14 million to city, county and state transportation projects; covering almost 75 miles of road in Northeastern Oklahoma and within the MCN jurisdiction. Ridership and miles have grown more than 300 percent due to these projects and this figure does not cover the countless number of miles covered by the federal roads program.
Partnerships with city, state, county and federal officials have helped MCN TTP see a surge in growth. The new 3,300 sq. ft. facility cost $850,000, which was covered by the Federal Highway Administration. This financial support will allow for more space to enhance TTP services.
“We’ve outgrown our old facility, which is located on the MCN Tribal Complex grounds. We will still have a portion of our programs being run at that site. However, there’s just not enough room. So we’ve expanded and since our program has grown, there is a need for more staff. We have more than doubled our employees,” said TTP Manager Charley LaSarge.
The TTP building will be the new headquarters for the Federal Roads, and Transportation Programs. Transit and Chartered Services will be operated out of the original location.
TTP operates with a $9 million average annual budget. With the interest TTP has generated, the program has assisted neighboring communities with walking trails, resurfacing projects for churches, community centers and even projects for tribal ceremonial grounds.
“The program is not just for Creek citizens; it’s for everyone’s benefit. We are a transit service for the public,” LaSarge said.
The Federal Roads Program received the ‘2013 Top Asphalt’ award for the Old Highway 62 project from the Oklahoma Pavement Association. TTP received the ‘Top Marketing’ in 2013 from the Oklahoma Transit Authority.
The MCN will host an open house, Wednesday, September 17, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The event will feature a message from MCN Principal Chief George Tiger and tours for attendees. The new Transportation Program building is located at 12805 Gun Club Road, Okmulgee (or Industrial Park Road and Gun Club East).