New streetcar concept routes are being proposed under the MAPS 3 program. These new routes will help in efficiently creating better transportation that will maximize economic development within the downtown area. City Council is expected finalize the new routes in the coming days.
The proposed streetcar routes are still under evaluation by the City Council. A consultant team led by Jacobs Engineering has proposed four routes that will range from 4 to 4.6 miles. These routes will connect the area of Midtown and the St. Anthony Hospital Neighborhood with Bricktown. Said routes are expected to cost $94 million, which will be part of the $777 million MAPS 3 building program.
To obtain public feedback on the four proposed routes, City Council is holding a community meeting on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. to discuss the new routes and to learn what the public has to say. The meeting will be held at Ronald Norick Downtown Library, 4th floor located at 300 Park Avenue.
Citizens have continually supported the MAPS 3 project, with hundreds of residents attending the meetings and more than a thousand participate online. After the public meeting, the City Council will make the final decision on what route to implement, either modifying an option or combining route options. Expected date of construction is currently 2015.