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Union Station, the New I-40 and the Future of Mass Transit in OKC
Part IV: Footing the Bill (Mar 11, 2007)

On this week’s installment of our series, we take a look at the cost and funding sources of the Crosstown, review some of the specific points of controversy and hear responses from those working on the project.

Guests include ODOT Assistant Chief Engineer and Director of Pre-Construction David Streb; former Fifth District Congressman Ernest Istook; Governor Brad Henry; Dr. Edwin Kessler, Vice Chairman of Common Cause Oklahoma; former Oklahoma City Planning Director Garner Stoll and John Bowman, ODOT’s Project Development Engineer for the I-40 Crosstown Expressway.

As mentioned in the program, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6pm this Thursday, March 15th at the Cox Convention Center to discuss the I-40 Crosstown project. Attendees will have the opportunity to review and comment on the plan, view prepared displays and ask questions from ODOT representatives about environmental impacts, funding, right-of-way acquisition and tentative construction schedules. For more information, click here or call Mr. Craig Moody at 405.522.1465.

WEB EXTRAS: View a detailed map of the routes of both the old and new I-40s, and see ODOT’s computer rendering of what the new expressway could look like.

Read former Oklahoma City Planning Director Garner Stoll's critique of the final Crosstown route. Listen to this program to hear an interview with him as well as a response from ODOT's John Bowman.

A while back, Tom Elmore – who’s been featured in our series – gave a presentation at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library in Oklahoma City about mass transit options and why he's opposed to the I-40 Crosstown plan. You can listen to the presentation here:MP3

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