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ODOT seeks public input on railway from OKC to Tulsa

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After much discussion from citizens and city planners, experts say they are taking a closer look at a passenger rail that would connect Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has initiated the Tulsa-Oklahoma City Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan.

ODOT officials say they will consider how much the project would cost and how it would impact the environment.

Authorities say they also want to hear from the public about their thoughts on the possibility of the corridor.

They are hosting a meeting Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Metrotech OQ1 Room on the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.

ODOT is also asking visitors to help identify trouble areas along the corridor.

“This is not just a technical study,” David Streb, director of engineering for  ODOT, said. “It is an opportunity, through a broad-based public dialogue, to establish a vision for passenger transportation in this corridor connecting the state’s two largest metropolitan areas.”

Officials will estimate rail ridership, recommend an alignment, design the prospective operations and estimate the economic effect on the state.

For more information on the project, visit the rail corridor’s website.