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Public meetings seek community input on downtown transit

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The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority and the City of Oklahoma City are seeking citizen input on potential routes and stops for the initial, five-mile modern streetcar routes through downtown. Citizens can comment by taking part in any or all of five public meetings to be held, or by submitting ideas to www.LetsTalkTransit.com.

The "Let's Talk Transit" public discussions will be held:

" March 29, City Hall, 200 N. Walker (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.)
" April 13, Civic Center Hall of Mirrors, 201 N Walker (6-7:30 p.m.)
" April 29, Civic Center Hall of Mirrors, 201 N Walker (6-7:30 p.m.)  
" May 11, Civic Center Hall of Mirrors, 201 N Walker (6-7:30 p.m.)  
" May 27, City Hall, 200 N. Walker (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.)

Each meeting will build on the progress and ideas of the previous. The first and final dates will have the same agenda at both of the day's meetings.

"This is the first step toward a new transit vision for our city," said Mayor Mick Cornett. "We're encouraging every citizen to offer input. These meetings will help us identify the service areas that are most important to those who work in, live in and visit our downtown."  

Funds for the streetcar initiative will come from $130 million that the recently passed MAPS 3 earmarked for public transportation.

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