The Department of Transportation wants to hear from you. Last week the department submitted its application for high-speed rail funding for a proposed route between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Now as part of the application, the department needs average folks to weigh in on the application. Comments must be recieved by Oct. 19.
Oklahoma is competing with other states for a portion of $8 billion set aside for high-speed rail. Oklahoma requested $2 billion. The Federal Rail Administration could make a decision on the applications by the first of the year. The proposed route would begin at the Santa Fe Station in Oklahoma City and connect north then east to the Union Pacific Harter Yard near Lincoln Boulevard and Reno Avenue. The route would travel along the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad right-of-way north to Interstate-44/Turner Turnpike and then parallel I-44. Near Sapulpa, the rail line would cross I-44 and tie to existing state-owned rail line and then connect to the BNSF track for the remaining 19-mile route into Tulsa’s Union Station.
The document is on ODOT’s Website at http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/meetings/a2009/091002/index.htm.
The document can also be viewed at Oklahoma City Downtown Library, Edmond Metropolitan Library, Tulsa Central Library and at libraries along the route in Sapulpa, Stroud, Chandler, Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore. The public is urged to submit comments by Oct. 19 to Environmental Programs Division Engineer, 200 N.E. 21st St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or by e-mail at HSIPREnvironment@odot.org. — JULIE BISBEE, CAPITOL BUREAU