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Oklahoma City mass transit plans take first step

Oklahoma City mass transit plans take first step

OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL PARTNERSHIP TO BEGIN CONSULTANT SEARCH FOR PROJECT

BY BRYAN DEAN  

Published: March 24, 2010

Oklahoma City leaders took an early step Tuesday toward an overhaul of the city’s mass transit system as promised in MAPS 3.

City council members voted to approve a partnership with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, which will hire a consultant to study the costs and possible locations for a downtown transit hub.

The MAPS 3 plan approved by voters in December includes $130 million for public transportation. Part of that money will go toward a modern streetcar system in the downtown area. The rest will pay for the transit hub, which would link the city’s bus system with the streetcar and Amtrak rail line. The hub also will allow for future forms of transportation such as light rail and express rail.

Doug Rex, transportation director for the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, said, "What we hope to accomplish is to actually recommend a location for the future regional intermodal hub. We expect to have a consultant on board by July 1 and hope to have some results available in this calendar year or early in 2011.”... FULL ARTICLE

 

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