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Oklahoma City wins millions for transportation hub

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
September 5, 2013

Oklahoma City is getting a bundle of help from the federal government. The city wins a 13 and a half million dollar grant for the Santa Fe railroad station downtown.

“Oh my goodness, I yelled in my office. People were just like oh my goodness what’s going on. I was just so thrilled, so thrilled. We worked really hard on this application so it’s really exciting to have it come through,” said Jane Abraham, Community and Government Manager for the City.

Under MAPS 3, street cars will stop at the station, but Abraham says the money is about more than that.

“It really is big for the future of the regional transportation system in central Oklahoma.”

The grant will go towards rehab of the station. But the city still needs to acquire the building itself – a ruling this week put the purchase price at $4.5 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015.

3 Responses to “Oklahoma City wins millions for transportation hub”

  1. Bob Kemper says:

    Now is time to create our Regional Transportation Authority. The law is on the books. ot dies not require a vote. this will set the stage for commuter rail in central Oklahoma. All that is required is for any combination of coterminous Oklahoma cities, towns or counties to pass a resolution by their governing bodies. That's it. An RTA is created. Next would be finding a dedicated funding source fir operations and maintenance.

    For 35-years I have been working towards an integrated public transportation system. What a huge step for us. Wow!

  2. cmoss says:

    I would love to see this succeed, but I get this feeling that this will be shot down and ignored by not just OKC, but the rest of the state. This state will either be left in the dust it created or be forced to move by the rest of the nation. Let's hope that Oklahoma sees this as the good progress that it is.

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