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Old October 29th, 2016, 01:44 AM   #21
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Streetcar track construction nears in downtown Oklahoma City

Contractors will bid soon on building the downtown streetcar line, one of the single biggest MAPS 3 construction projects[...]
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"OKC streetcar line construction bids come in under budget"

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Published: October 27, 2016 2:58 PM CDT
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Installation of rail, platforms, overhead wires, power substations is expected to begin in December and take about 21 months.

Once testing is complete, service is to begin by the end of 2018.

Streetcars share the road with cars and trucks, and tracks are installed in the streets. Downtown streets will become construction zones as work proceeds along the route.

The streetcar is financed by the 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax approved by voters in 2009.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 08:49 AM   #22
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Interesting hopefully it stays under budget. It's too bad the state couldn't kick in any extra money so this street car could actually go somewhere.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 06:46 PM   #23
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From Metro Report

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Oklahoma City Streetcar breaks ground
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USA: Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s streetcar project on February 7.

A joint venture of Herzog and Stacy & Witbeck is building the line, with ADG, Jacobs Engineering, Aecom and SOJ providing consultancy services

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Old February 14th, 2017, 03:45 AM   #24
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If a street car line only has < 2 miles, it cannot help with gridlock
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Old February 14th, 2017, 09:57 AM   #25
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It's not meant to reduce gridlock or even as meaningful transit. American cities have gotten into the very bad habit of building new streetcar lines for the sole purpose for being that "everyone else has one." They are just glorified tourist rides or for suburbanites who come downtown once a year.
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Old February 14th, 2017, 12:20 PM   #26
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Another joke streetcar that won't solve any transit problems. SMH.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 08:31 AM   #27
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Oklahoma City streetcar was added to urbanrail.net:
http://www.urbanrail.net/am/oklahoma/oklahoma-city.htm

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Old February 27th, 2017, 08:00 AM   #28
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OKC isn't really all that congested though. The only areas that are congested only need more bus routes to relieve congestion. Even then too many people in OKC are snobby about riding the bus walking so people don't want to take public transportation anyway.

I said it earlier if this streetcar actually went somewhere like the Paseo District, Asian District, 23rd and MLK, or near OCU I would have voted for it. As of now it's exactly like you said.

I moved away from OKC about a year and a half ago. I don't really miss it but too many people are anti public transportation and look down on people who use it. As long as you have people like that as well as cheap gas then public transportation will always suck.
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From NewsOK

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Streetcar rail installation begins
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Crews are installing rail and pouring concrete this week on Joe Carter Avenue in Bricktown for the MAPS 3 streetcar. Herzog Contracting Corp., in a joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck, has a $50 million contract to build the streetcar line.

Altogether, 4.9 miles of track will be laid between Bricktown and Midtown, through the central business district. Rails were welded into 354-foot sections in preparation for installation

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The problem making these short tram lines is that every city refuses to build any significant rail-based transit unless they first see a starter line as a "proof of concept", as if a tram will fail to function if built in Oklahoma City even though they work just fine in Jersey City, Seattle, Portland, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, and Denver. The state government generally hates mass transit, especially in Republican-led "red states" as they do not serve people in the rural areas outside of the city. Often, it is only the money that the city itself can scrounge together to build a very small line and prove that "this is not your grandfather's streetcar". Hopefully, after the line is built, that they will extend it to the major areas outside of Downtown, once people have ridden it and realized it works.
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Atlanta's new streetcar, although hailed by urban planners and red cutting ceremony seeking politicians, is another stellar example of how useless these lines are. It's new line has just recorded a 57% plunge in ridership from 2015 to 2015 according to the newest APTA stats. In other words, the first year or two it got some attention and the people who wouldn't step foot on transit took their kids on it for a fun ride and then when that demographic was exhausted, they supposed new riders never came. OC can look forward to the same.
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Silly dowtown loops can never be useful. They should better look at cities like Seattle, Houston or Salt Lake City.
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