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Streetcar on northeast Oklahoma City rail corridor would have limited economic development value, study says

The city council reviewed a study on alternatives for the “adventure line.”
by William Crum Modified: October 9, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 8, 2013

Only the streetcar has potential to foster mixed-use development at transit stops along the adventure line, the study found.

That potential is limited, though.

Such development would occur “only at the downtown stops and only if it is part of a broader city effort to facilitate redevelopment,” the study says.

City council members said Tuesday they would like to know more about options for:

Extending rails from the end of the line at NE 50 to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

How the project might fit with other rail initiatives, such as light-rail to Midwest City.

Running an adventure line streetcar would cost $2 million to $3 million per year, in line with projected annual operating costs for the downtown streetcar.

The adventure line rail corridor is some distance from the Capitol and the Oklahoma Health Center. Much of the way it runs through Lincoln Park Golf Course.

The downtown streetcar is funded by a portion of the MAPS 3 penny sales tax. No funding sources are in place for upgrading the adventure line.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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