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Traffic Talk: Oklahoma City's Spirit Trolleys are at the end of their line

Don Gammill: As the Spirit Trolleys roll to retirement in Oklahoma City, METRO Transit is switching to Downtown Discovery buses.
BY DON GAMMILL Published: January 21, 2013
/articleid/3747687/1/pictures/1932412">Photo - One of the new METRO Transit Discover Buses replacing the aging trolleys downtown. <strong> - Provided</strong>
One of the new METRO Transit Discover Buses replacing the aging trolleys downtown. - Provided

“Downtown public transportation definitely has an impact on our visitors and even residents,” said Jeannette Smith, executive director of the Bricktown Association. “Anything we can do to make their stay more enjoyable helps the city and local businesses. People who ride in on the Heartland Flyer or valet their cars can just hop on the bus and go to the memorial or the river. It's very important to have that kind of transportation.”

More information about METRO Transit, including schedules and routes, is available at or by calling 235-7433 for personal assistance.

In another area ...

When will the bridge on Sooner Road between Coltrane and Coffee Creek be repaired or replaced? Traffic is ridiculous on Coltrane because of this inconvenience.


It's moving along, Judy. Tom Minnick, traffic planner in the Edmond Engineering Department, said the city council on Dec. 12 approved an appropriation of $272,450.10 for both emergency repairs of the bridge and design services for the permanent replacement.

He said Redland Construction Co. began making the temporary repairs on Jan. 10. Redland had 45 days to complete the job. The bridge should be open “on or before Feb. 24 ... At some later date, the bridge will be completely reconstructed to new design standards.”

By the way ...

Here's another reminder that there are several road projects under way throughout both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas. So watch your speed and follow directions.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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