Citizens board approves streetcar route through Oklahoma City central business district

Citizens board approves streetcar route through downtown Oklahoma City.
BY WILLIAM CRUM wcrum@opubco.com Modified: August 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013

The chairman of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority said Thursday that building a cutting-edge streetcar system would enhance the city's image.

“An immense amount of effort has gone into beautifying downtown Oklahoma City – and it's working,” said Larry Nichols, executive chairman of Devon Energy.

“You see the evidence everywhere you look,” he said. “That's why I am against a streetcar system that has unattractive overhead wires that will detract from the beauty of our city.

“We should push ourselves to study all other options, including new technologies,” Nichols said.

The $94.4 million streetcar project advanced to the City Council for consideration of the route Thursday when the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board approved it on a voice vote.

Plans call for the city council to review the route Sept. 24.

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