The Norman Transcript

Local news

December 13, 2012

Hub named in top 25 transport projects

NORMAN — The Santa Fe Intermodal Transportation Hub is featured in the Sierra Club’s new national report, “Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States.”

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club commends the hard work of the Oklahoma City government, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, individuals and citizen groups like OnTrac (Oklahomans for New Transportation Alternatives Coalition) for coming together to build the project.

“Transportation infrastructure we build today will be with us for decades,” said Oklahoma Chapter chair Charles Wesner, of Norman. “The Santa Fe Intermodal Hub is exactly the right kind of infrastructure we need as part of a 21st century transportation system that enhances our quality of life, decreases congestion, saves energy, reduces pollution and high ozone levels and helps Oklahoma City’s economic growth as a cool city.”

“We are very pleased that the Sierra Club, a prominent national organization, has recognized this project as one of the top 25 best transportation projects in the country,” said Marion Hutchison, president of OnTrac and a member of the ACOG Hub Study Oversite Committee.”

ACOG develops regional solutions to transportation issues.

“Norman is very much involved in ACOG and the whole push for commuter rail service from Norman,” Wesner said. “I’m hoping I can live long enough to see that happen.”

“Under MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress,) the nation’s new transportation policy, we have the opportunity to ensure that Oklahoma invests in the transportation projects we need to fully develop the Oklahoma City metropolitan area’s commuter rail potential,” Hutchison said.

Regional effort includes:

· ACOG completed Intermodal Hub Study

· ACOG conducting $1.5 million Commuter Rail Corridor Analysis for Oklahoma City to Norman, Edmond and Midwest City

· ACOG developing framework for Regional Transit Authority and Regional Transit District

· Oklahoma City funding $120 million for downtown modern street car system in MAPS 3

· Oklahoma City funding $10 million for intermodal hub

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Music festival in its seventh year

    In its seventh year, Norman Music Festival is once again packing downtown Norman with the sounds of local, national and international music for three days of entertainment....

    April 21, 2014

  • Two homes engulfed in flame

    Norman firefighters responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning to find two homes engulfed in flames. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said crews performed searches on both structures, but found no occupants in the homes at 1412 and ...

    April 21, 2014

  • OU grad crowned Cherry Blossom Queen

    Sooner red cowboy boots could barely be seen peaking out from underneath the long, formal white dress Rainey Sewell wore. As a giant Wheel of Fortune was spun at the 2014 National Conference of State Societies’ Cherry Blossom Queen ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Five receive honorary degrees

    Four individuals will join University of Oklahoma Commencement speaker Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, and Founder and chair of Teach For America, in being awarded honorary degrees at OU’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony, ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Norman transplants have ties to their home

    Taylor Newcomb started working full time at Weichert Realty in January. One March day he noticed a young woman talking with another employee in the office. He thought she looked familiar, might even be the sister of one of his classmates ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Sooner awarded Truman Scholarship

    A University of Oklahoma National Merit Scholar and Honors student has been selected as a recipient of the Truman Scholarship. Alexis Taitel won the prestigious award based on her leadership potential, intellectual ability and the ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Club to spotlight literacy

    The Altrusa International Club of Norman will sponsor its “Red Dirt Roundup” event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave....

    April 21, 2014

  • Rebuilding Together begins

    Rebuilding Together Cleveland County, formerly known as Christmas in April, is a small branch of the national organization Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together leads the nation in unifying volunteers to improve the lives of low-income ...

    April 21, 2014

  • OU interns to present entrepreneurial ventures

    After four months of hard work, some of the University of Oklahoma’s top student talent will present recommendations for its entrepreneurial projects to key stakeholders from the university and the Oklahoma City metro area at 6 p.m. on ...

    April 21, 2014