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Public invited to weigh in on MAPS 3 streetcar concept routes

Post Date:06/28/2013

(June 28, 2013) - The public can learn more about the proposed MAPS 3 modern streetcar concept routes and provide feedback by attending a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15. 

The meeting will be held on the fourth floor of the Ronald Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue. Those who can’t attend the meeting can watch it live on Ustream. 

The concept routes can be viewed and feedback can be submitted at www.okc.gov/maps3

A consultant team led by Jacobs Engineering created the four concept routes.  All four concepts connect areas of Midtown, the Central Business District and Bricktown.  The particular streets travelled and direction-of-flow are among the differences in the proposed options.  Key criteria used to create and analyze the concept routes include:

·       Service to key destinations
·       Maximizing economic development potential
·       Integration with the existing transportation network
·       Optimal system operation
·       Potential for expansion, technical considerations and cost projections

The final route recommendation could be a modified version of one of the options or even a combination of more than one. City Council will make the final decision on the route.

Construction on phase one of the $129 million project is projected to begin in 2015. The first phase includes approximately four to four and a half miles of the proposed five to six-mile system.

Citizen input on the routes began in March 2010 when the Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) began a series of seven public discussions and distributed online surveys to collect input about the initial modern streetcar route. More than 300 people participated in the public meetings and more than 1,100 online surveys were completed. The results have been considered throughout the concept route development process.

Log on to www.okc.gov/maps to watch an educational video about streetcars.

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.

Contact:  Kristy Yager
297-2550
 / 863-2831
Kristy.yager@okc.gov

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