Let’s Talk Transit for our Neighborhood Districts

January 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm 3 comments

This post is to open conversation on public transit between neighborhood commercial districts. Recently, in meeting with fellow district leaders, our conversation turned to one of biggest obstacles– transit from downtown to our districts, as well as between our districts.


Those who have followed the MAPS 3 transit development are all well aware the streetcar will serve the downtown area. That still leaves the neighborhood commercial districts, such as Plaza District, Paseo, Western Ave, and Stockyards City…out of the picture. The problem with this is, these districts are what give this city it’s character. These are the places visitors want to see when in our city. The city, really should be boasting these areas in pride.

Our city has a great support for our local districts through funding, BIDs, streetscapes and resources…however, to really keep our districts progressing, people need to be able to access them from downtown. In May, I volunteered for the National Main Streets Conference at the information table. I was telling everyone about all of our great districts, but telling them how to get there just left them confused and discouraged. Right now a visitor would literally have to call a cab all day long to spend time in all of our commercial districts. It was beyond frustrating.

So, what are our options? Do we have options?

What will happen to those trolleys that use to run downtown? When the modern streetcar makes a stop in Midtown, could a trolley deliver people to Plaza District, up and down Western, over to Paseo and back to Midtown? If the modern streetcar stops in Film Row, could a trolley deliver people to Stockyards City? If funding is the issue, it might be the commercial districts themselves would be willing to band together to support the trolleys.

So, just wanted to start a conversation to see if any of you have ideas, comments, suggestions and thoughts. The Plaza District was formed as the end of the trolley line in the 1930s, it would be rather fitting to have trolleys serve our neighborhood again.

What do you think?

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  • 1. btfelder  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Would love to see a trolley line travel up Broadway to 23rd St. then have a rapid bus travel east-west along 23rd street, offering feeder routes to the Plaza District, Paseo and Western Ave. Could a bus line beginning in the Plaza District and traveling through OKC University, down 23rd Street to the Capitol work? Would love to see some better transit in Midtown.

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  • 2. Amanda Bradway  |  January 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    When Steve spoke at our Tenn Penn meeting he was saying what an asset a Trolley would be to our neighborhood, both to attract newcomers to our area, build up the hood south of 16th and make it more attractive to young people looking for affordable housing, and would also go a long way towards urbanizing OKC…If we want dense growth downtown we have to make these areas easy to access since most have limited parking and if we connect all these key places more people would be excited about downtown living.

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  • 3. Selfishly  |  January 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Selfishly, I would love to see trolleys run along 16th or 19th all the way to Grand Blvd and then cut back around. That way some of us that live a bit further west, like myself, could still take advantage. Grab a trolley, ride over to Plaza District, take another trolley to downtown or to Western Ave, etc. It would be so convenient and really pull the community together.

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