Thursday, May 22, 2008

Light rail in Tulsa?

Mayor Kathy Taylor's urban planning adviser told the City Council this week that he's working on a concept for a light-rail system that would circulate through downtown and connect to the Arkansas River.

Great news. Let's get it going. We need decent public transit in this city. Light rail would be a great way to do it.

A system could connect the BOK Center, the Tulsa Convention Center, the Performing Arts Center, the Blue Dome District, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Tulsa Community College campuses, a potential ballpark and the numerous downtown office and residential buildings, as well as travel south for a link to the river.

I think a rail line running right down Harvard Avenue would be perfect- straight down the middle of the city, connected to downtown and the river, right between the two main north-south highways (75 and 169).


  1. While it sounds cool and I can't say I'm opposed, there's so many better uses for the city's money right now. For instance, how about the streets we already have that are nearly undrivible (is that a word?).

  2. Good point, actually. God knows how much I've spent on tires destroyed by these streets...

  3. Light rail would be wonderful. What happened to the rumors of a line down the middle of the BA expressway? A great deal of Broken Arrow commutes to downtown, a light rail line connecting the two would be perfect

  4. That would be great. I don't know about the mechanics of putting a light rail line in where those freight tracks are right now. My fear is that since the freight tracks are now used for, well, freight, there'd be a problem converting them to passenger rail. I don't know enough about it though.