public transit

Oklahoma City
8:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

OKC Taking Up Streetcar Route Sept. 24

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

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

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

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OKC Boulevard
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

OKC Boulevard Still Work In Progress

This artist rendering shows development along the proposed Oklahoma City Boulevard as part of the I-40 re-alignment.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation continues to seek public input on the future development of the Oklahoma City Boulevard. The new street is part of the re-alignment of Interstate 40 near downtown.

Many residents expressed concern over early versions of the boulevard during a series of public meetings on the proposal, which included a longer elevated portion of the roadway.

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Oklahoma City
8:26 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Four Options: OKC Metro Rail Line

City of Oklahoma City

Consultants working on the route for a proposed modern streetcar system in Oklahoma City presented four routes to the MAPS3 Citizens Advisory Committee.

All the proposals focus on the central sections of the metro, connecting Bricktown, Midtown and the central business districts, according to a June 26 news release.

There is no mandate for city council members to approve any of the routes, or a modern streetcar at all. A vote by the council could change that direction.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:44 am
Mon March 11, 2013

If We Have Better Bus Service, Do I Have to Leave My BMW in the Drive?

Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid finds many bus benches unsafe and uncomfortable.
Credit Ed Shadid

 The BMW question is one Jarrett Walker received when helping a city determine the most effective form of public transit for its residents, an idea he calls "abundant access."

Walker's article in the Atlantic dealing with the problem of "bus stigma" contains many of the points he presented to about 500 people at a public transit town hall in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Voices
8:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Don't Discriminate Against Bus Riders: OKC Transit Town Hall

Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid says bus benches send the message that public transit is only for the poor and undervalued.
Credit Ed Shadid

The Oklahoma City metro is used to receiving top rankings in a number of areas, including unemployment, business climate and affordable housing, but there are other areas where the community falls short.

One of those is public transit. Of the top 50 cities in the nation, Oklahoma City is dead last in the quality and sustainability of public transportation.

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