Oklahoma City Council OKs MAPS 3 streetcar route to serve convention center

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
by William Crum

The Oklahoma City Council has agreed to draw $3 million from the MAPS 3 reserve fund to revise the downtown streetcar route.

The route approved Tuesday is designed specifically to serve the MAPS 3 convention center and planned convention center hotel to be built south of Chesapeake Arena.

Trains also will stop along the new Oklahoma City Boulevard at the MAPS 3 downtown park.

The revisions are expected to support residential and commercial development in the now-blighted district west of the new park as well.

The new route preserves the 4.6-mile main line loop -- now being called the 'blue line' -- through the central business district.

Reconfiguring the route and adding a third of a mile of track creates a 'red line' loop with direct service from the convention center complex and park to the Bricktown entertainment district.

Consultants said the revised route would offer flexibility for frequent -- every seven minutes -- service to the convention center and for adding trains to handle downtown crowds attending events such as concerts and Thunder basketball.

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