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OKC should follow NYC's example with taxis, not streetcars

Published: October 25, 2013

A recent edition of Popular Mechanics gave the Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo minivan rave reviews and reported that New York City is converting these vans into new taxis. The NV200 gets 24/25 miles per gallon in the city and highway and its price is $20,835.

This seems to be a better choice for Oklahoma City than the proposed streetcars which will have a locked-in route on rails that will be put into recently upgraded streets downtown. The streetcars will take up parking on the streets if the rails are placed along curbs. If the rails are located in the center of the street, it will endanger riders having to get into traffic lanes while boarding and exiting the streetcars.

Best of all is the cost, which can be handled at a slower pace as the fleet builds up. I realize the streetcar program was passed by voters, but it's not too late to change our minds for an attractive mode of transportation in Oklahoma City.

John Mesa, Oklahoma City


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