Oklahoma City, OK — Preferred Route Presented
According to the newsok.com site, in late May the Citizen Advisory Board presented its preferred route for the planned streetcar to the City Council, including a proposed southern route for the first time. The board’s transit subcommittee had held off on reviewing the southern portion of the route until the locations of the planned MAPS 3 convention center and intermodal transportation hub were known.
In recent months, the council decided on the site of an old Ford dealership west of Chesapeake Energy Arena for the convention center, and the Santa Fe Train Depot will be the site of the transit hub.
The southern route takes these decisions into account, along with residential areas on the east side of the train tracks. The route assures coordination between the convention center, the new downtown park, Myriad Gardens park and with the residential area north of Bricktown, according to Mike Mize, of consultancy Architectural Design Group, which is organizing elements of MAPS 3.
The first phase of construction for the streetcar and transportation hub is scheduled to begin in 2014. Officials expect the project to be completed seven years later.