OKC Taking Up Streetcar Route Sept. 24

Aug 23, 2013

Members of the Oklahoma City Council are expected to take up the route of a planned streetcar next month.

While some opponents says a streetcar does not deliver enough bang for the transit buck, the MAPS 3 plan moves ahead.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

A news release from the city says the council will consider a MAPS 3 route framework for the streetcar Sept. 24.

The recommendation from a consulting company is for a 4.5 mile plan known as "Zeta."

The proposal would connect the Downtown Transit Center, Automobile Alley, Bricktown and Midtown. The route would also tie into future projects, including an intermodal transit hub and new convention center.

The streetcar program is expected to cost $128.8 million dollars and is set to begin running in 2017.

Some opponents of the project have said the money would be better spent on improving bus service and other lower cost transit options in the Oklahoma City metro.