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03-03-09, 10:11 PM
The Union Station in Oklahoma City has in the past provided very efficient passenger rail access to surrounding cities, thanks to its design and location. Although currently out of service, the site could, in the not too distant future, reclaim its status as a vital transportation center, when gas prices go back up, and our crumbling road infrastructure reaches its capacity. Unfortunately, the I-40 Crosstown reconstruction project calls for demolition and paving over of most of the site, making it forever useless. A grass roots political group, OnTrac, has been persuading local city councils, and ultimately the Governor and Oklahoma Department of Transportation, to adjust the Crosstown route and so preserve the Union Station facilities. There is still time, but not much. For more information, please go to http://www.ontracok.org/home/. I suspect this post will interest to cyclists aware of the pleasure, economy, and convenience of mixed train/bicycle trips. Thanks.
That sucks! I'm not familiar w/the relocation project or its intended path, but damn. I'm located at the other end of the Turner 'pike, so I can rant a little. Figures that ODOT would try to do that project than fix the roads that we already have.
If any city in the state can pull off a commuter rail system it's OKC.
Keep up the good fight down there!
05-16-09, 12:52 PM
I use to live in OKC many years ago. I rode trains in and out of The Union Station (http://www.allposters.com/View_HighZoomResPop.asp?apn=898964&imgloc=20-2029-CR64D00Z.jpg&imgwidth=930&imgheight=645&sc=False&ct=%20Found%20Image%20Press&cw=20&ch=20) more than I can remember. I always enjoyed train rides. The Union Station is between Hudson and Harvey on 7th street.