Commentary Nancy K. Anderson
Now that the 4.5-mile downtown route for the MAPS 3 streetcar — Phase 1 —
has been decided, the challenge will be to get it completed at a cost
anywhere near the amount budgeted. The experience in other cities
indicates it will cost far more to build — and to keep it running — than
we’ve been told.
Commentary Jeff Bezdek
It has been more than 66 years since Oklahoma City had meaningful
intracity rail transit. In 2009, voters took a huge leap toward our
transit future by endorsing a $130 million-dollar downtown rail-based
modern streetcar system and intermodal hub as part of MAPS 3.
Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be completed and add 65 miles of pedestrian-friendly travel to the cityscape.
News Ben Felder
Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and
streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly
65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important
parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.