Our history all began with United We Ride the Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility.
Executive Order 13330 signed by the nation's president on February 24, 2004, established the new Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility, chaired by then-Secretary of Transportation. An outgrowth of this was United We Ride.
Two years later, the Governor's Oklahoma United We Ride Council was created by the State's governor in 2006, and established by Governor Mary Fallin in Executive Order 2015-11. This Council continues to function under Governor Kevin Stitt's Executive Order 2019-07.
As a Governor's Council, our mission focuses on improving transportation services in all aspects of life and providing barrier free access to transportation within the state of Oklahoma. It is charged with assessing transportation services in Oklahoma to maximize availability, efficiency, and quality.
Initial funding for Oklahoma United We Ride was provided by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Subsequent program partnership and funding was provided through interagency agreements.
The Council is composed of State agency members and advisors who bring a vast range of knowledge and expertise to facilitate dialogues concerning transportation in the State of Oklahoma. Each Council member has insight into how transportation barriers impact their particular clients and those for whom they advocate. Collaboration among these agencies and advisors is a critical component to developing a more inclusive transportation structure. Coordinating the current services while avoiding duplication will help transportation in Oklahoma become a more efficient and accessible system.
There are many instrumental partners of the Council that have shared their concerns about improving transportation in Oklahoma. These entities represent disadvantaged populations as well as business and agencies that work with these communities. The Council is an enthusiastic partner with these groups and services and looks forward to helping shine a spotlight on the transportation solutions for improved access in our state.
Because lack of transportation is a barrier to finding and keeping employment, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Governor's Oklahoma United We Ride Council partner with Oklahoma Works in their efforts to help build Oklahoma's workforce.
Oklahoma’s United We Ride Council looks forward to working with the newly created Office of Mobility and Public Transit as it works to “ensure the mobility needs of all Oklahomans are met in a safe, affordable, reliable, consistent and coordinated fashion”.