Student Congress hopes for local rail system

From The OU Daily:

Normanites addressed the Oklahoma City Metro area’s lack of public transportation at the University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Congress Tuesday night in Adams Hall.

Eric Pollard of the Norman Sustainability Network and OnTrac, an organization focusing on transportation opportunities for Oklahoma, said the state has a terrible record concerning public transportation.

“Oklahoma City ranks 50th out of the 50 biggest cities in the country. It’s dead last,” he said.

Pollard said the Interstate Highway 40 Crosstown Expressway is scheduled to be relocated through the Oklahoma City Union Station rail yard. If the project is completed as planned, it would destroy any viability of establishing a modern rail transit system for central Oklahoma without having to spend millions of dollars rebuilding infrastructure in the future, he said.

“With the potential for $5 gas, not all of us are going to be able to drive our cars around Oklahoma City,” Pollard said.

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