OKC takes major first steps toward regional rail transit

2009 September 23
by OnTrac

We are excited to report that Oklahoma City officials this week took the first major steps toward development of a regional rail transit system.

On Sept 15, the OKC City Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) to undertake an intermodal rail transit hub study for the purposes of determining the necessary requirements and location for a central rail hub in Oklahoma City to serve a future regional rail transit system.  ACOG has already indicated it will move forward as soon as possible with contracting with an independent engineering consulting firm with experience in rail transit to initiate the technical evaluation.  OnTrac fully supports this effort, as an effective intermodal rail transit hub is a critical component for any future regional rail transit system.

The OKC City Council also unanimously passed a resolution in support of ACOG’s TIGER grant application, which seeks federal funding for development of commuter rail transit between Edmond, Norman, Midwest City/Tinker AFB and Oklahoma City.  OnTrac fully supports this effort and has provided an official letter of support to ACOG as part of its application process.

OKC Mayor Cornett and members of City Council announced that the upcoming MAPS 3 initiative would go to a vote of OKC residents in early December and would contain $130 million dollars of funding for rail transit projects, including development of a downtown OKC light rail circulator, certain infrastructure improvements for developing commuter rail between Midwest City/Tinker and OKC, and preliminary work for developing an intermodal rail transit hub.  OnTrac fully supports these projects, as their development will move the Oklahoma City metropolitan area well on its way to having a 21st century regional rail transit system.

See the NewsOK story on MAPS 3 here.

Watch the MAPS 3 press conference here.

The Modern Transit Project (MTP) hosted a fundraiser and campaign kick-off event at the Skirvin Hotel to show their support for Oklahoma City’s rail transit proposals.  MTP is an Oklahoma City-based transit advocacy organization that is spearheading a major campaign in support of the MAPS 3 transit initiatives, especially the light rail circulator, or modern street car as it is also referred to.  OKC Mayor Cornett spoke at the event and offered his vision and support for developing a world class rail transit system for Oklahoma City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

These projects are the major first steps toward development of a regional rail transit system for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.  OnTrac encourages its members to support these important rail transit initiatives.  Please encourage others you know to support these efforts.

We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Thanks for your support!

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