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Tulsa hasn't missed the train yet, state says

Tulsa hasn't missed the train yet, state says

ODOT is seeking $95 million in stimulus money for an Arkansas River bridge project that includes rail installation.

Tulsa World

By JIM MYERS World Washington Bureau

Published: 2/4/2010 2:36 AM
Last Modified: 2/4/2010 5:47 AM

— Tulsa, which keeps getting left out when it comes to train service, has another chance to win federal dollars for area rail travel.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has submitted a request for roughly $95 million in federal stimulus grant money to help reconstruct the structurally deficient Interstate 244 bridge over the Arkansas River and put rails underneath it that could carry both high-speed and commuter trains.

Despite recent disappointment over the failure to win funding for high-speed rail service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, ODOT Director of Engineering David Streb remains confident about the latest application.

Streb said the proposal also covers bicycle and pedestrian access on the multimodal bridge structures, and it is not asking the federal government to foot the full cost... FULL ARTICLE

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