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BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: November 8, 2009 at 12:07 am •  Published: November 8, 2009
Nothing packs the movie theaters like a big-budget sequel.

Moviegoers are willing to pay for a ticket because they are pretty sure they’ll like it.

Now, coming Dec. 8 to a voting booth near you — MAPS 3.

Whether MAPS 3 will be a rousing success — "The Godfather: Part II” — or a flop — "Weekend at Bernie’s 2” — will be up to Oklahoma City voters.

Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, who was the city’s fire chief when the original MAPS passed in 1993, said the $777 million MAPS 3 plan includes several projects that make it feel like a MAPS sequel.

"It almost is like those projects were so successful and we’ve enjoyed so much from them that it’s a logical next step to improve them and make them even better,” Marrs said.

Improvements to the Oklahoma River, State Fair Park and downtown convention center were all part of MAPS — and all return in MAPS 3.

But the stars of the MAPS 3 lineup may be a proposed downtown park linking downtown with the Oklahoma River, and improvements to public transit city leaders hope will serve as a building block for everything from improved bus service to commuter rail.

Survey as guide
In 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett unveiled a Web site asking city residents whether they wanted another MAPS, and if they did, what projects they wanted to include. Ongoing coverage: MAPS 3

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