Council passes rail resolution

Update: News Channel 5 also covered the meeting.  Their report is available here.

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This was a big step towards saving the Union Station rail yard, and all over Oklahoma the momentum is on our side.  Thanks to Ed Kessler, OnTrac, and everyone else who worked so hard to make it happen!

If you haven’t yet signed the petition, you can now do it online by going here.

From The Norman Transcript:

Norman councilmembers unanimously passed a resolution in support of preserving the state’s chance for an intermodal rail system and preservation of the Union Station rail yard at their regular Tuesday evening meeting.

The resolution requests Gov. Brad Henry to appoint a special commission to consider future rail transit options in the Oklahoma City area, future uses of Union Station and its rail yard and alternative routes for the Interstate-40 Crosstown Expressway.

It states that the rail yard “lies at the center of the state’s unique network linking the state’s major towns, Tinker Air Force Base and Will Rogers World Airport and is the last grand urban passenger rail yard in the west that remains virtually unused with all of its original space and much of its essential infrastructure intact, including numerous tracks connecting every corner of the state.”

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