UPDATE: Whatever lack of responsiveness that was reported to me this morning vanished with the evening session. In light of the late hour, here’s an abbreviated update showing answers given at tonight’s Let’s talk Transit session.
- Why was the Cox Center left off of all three route options? Please don’t avoid answering this question as I’m told you did this morning. CONSULTANT’S ANSWER: Don’t know. It was an oversight.
- The Urban Land Institute indicated Core to Shore will take 50 years. Why the concern over getting the first phase of the transit system into an area that won’t be developed for a half century? Please don’t avoid answering this question as I’m told you did this morning. ANSWER: Would advise against putting transit system in Core to Shore if it’s just empty land with no buildings or commercial development.
- Which is more likely to happen by the time the transit system is set to happen – the OCU law school, Film Row and Devon Tower, or Core to Shore? Please give a concrete answer to this question. ANSWER: The areas with some development already underway should take precedence.
- You identified constraints this morning with each option. You showed a picture of trying to get under the railroad underpass at Reno. Have you also considered economic constraints – that passing Bricktown could hurt a district that is already established. I’m told you simply answered “we know all about Bricktown” at this morning’s meeting. I expect a better answer than that. If you haven’t considered the economic impact to Bricktown being left off the transit system, please just say so. If you have, please share the details. ANSWER: Talk of constraints shouldn’t be confused with any reluctance to go into Bricktown. Based on citizen input and importance of area to downtown, a connection into Bricktown is a must.
- Will the plan that will be submitted to the MAPS 3 oversight board and city council reflect citizen input? If so, how? YES. Citizen’s input will continue to be sought through the Let’s Talk Transit website.
- Further, attendees were told tonight it was a mistake to not reflect their desire for a Walker/Broadway coupling and to further suggest the lines go along the Boulevard.
God bless ya – Steve