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City Council approves MAPS 3 Streetcar route framework
(September 24, 2013) - Today Oklahoma City Council approved a consultant-recommended route framework for the first phase of the MAPS 3 Streetcar project.
The 4.5-mile route framework connects the Downtown Transit Center, Automobile Alley, the future intermodal transit hub at Santa Fe Station, future MAPS 3 Convention Center, Bricktown, Midtown and runs a block from the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park.
The route framework was forwarded to City Council last month by the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar subcommittee and the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board.
The route is considered a framework because there are still design options that are yet to be determined such as the specific connection to the Midtown area and whether or not the Broadway segment will have a double track or form a couplet with Robinson.
“The MAPS 3 Streetcar will move people through downtown efficiently and create a vibrant urban downtown environment,” said MAPS Program Manager David Todd. “The consultants received comments from the public and input from the MAPS 3 subcommittees, stakeholders, City staff and the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority to determine the route. They also analyzed current and projected data on downtown housing, employment and future development.”
Prospective routes were evaluated against criteria set by the transit subcommittee, stakeholders and City staff. The criteria include serving key destinations, integrating with the existing transportation network, maximizing economic development potential, optimizing system operation and potential for expansion, technical considerations and cost projections.
The streetcar will run on tracks that are flush with downtown streets and share the same lanes as other vehicles and cyclists. The project is expected to include five to six streetcars at a cost of approximately $4 to $4.5 million each. The $128.8 million project is scheduled to begin operations in 2017.
The MAPS 3Tranist/Modern Streetcar Subcommittee provides guidance to the project and is made up of nine mayor-appointed citizens: Chairman Nathaniel Harding, Vice Chair Zane Boatright, Cliff Hudson, Debbie Blackburn, Jeff Bezdek, A.J. Winters III, Jane Jenkins, Stephen Mason, Jill Adler and Mark Gibbs.
MAPS 3 updates are available by subscribing to the MAPS 3 e-newsletter at www.okc.gov/maps3/. Updates are also available on www.twitter.com/maps3 and www.facebook.com/maps3okc. Log on to www.okc.gov/maps3 for project details and to read the implementation plan.
About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a 10-year, $777 million construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded by a one-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks.