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Oklahoma City council decision could lay tracks for commuter system

BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: September 16, 2009 at 6:45 am •  Published: September 16, 2009
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Oklahoma City leaders passed two measures Tuesday that could help bring commuter rail service to Oklahoma City.

City council members voted to support an application for federal grant money to fund commuter rail lines from downtown Oklahoma City to Tinker Air Force Base and from Edmond to Norman.


Council members also asked the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments to conduct a study to determine the best location for a downtown commuter rail transit hub.

Mayor Mick Cornett said the resolution supporting the grant funds expresses the city’s willingness to chip in if matching funds are required for the maintenance of the commuter rail lines.

"This just shows our intent to be a part of the solution without knowing what that obligation might be,” Cornett said.

"It doesn’t actually commit us to anything other than best intent.”

City Manager Jim Couch said the city’s share of the costs isn’t known, but would likely be less than $1 million a year.

Oklahoma City, Del City, Midwest City, Edmond, Moore and Norman will all be expected to share some portion of the cost for maintaining the lines if they are built, city officials said.

Cornett said the resolution was needed to help convince federal officials the city is serious about the project.