[Ok-sus] Music City Star: Commuter rail on a budget

Bob Waldrop bwaldrop1952 at att.net
Mon Oct 29 20:26:46 CDT 2012


Thanks for posting this Tom.

Oklahoma City could do something like this, although its harder now that 
Union Station's rail yard has been paved over with 10 lanes of highway 
that provides WORSE access to downtown OKC than the old Crosstown did.

But something like this Nashville startup requires vision and that's a 
bit lacking downtown.  Their idea of a "multi-modal" station is 
apparently a "bi-modal" location only for Amtrak and the proposed 
downtown street car.  City buses won't be welcome.  Greyhound buses also 
not welcome. I guess they don't want "those" kind of people to "pollute" 
the Bricktown area with their presence.  Greyhound is actually in the 
process of relocating its bus station to MLK and Reno, far away from 
downtown.

Rumor has it that the big guys downtown have been wanting to get rid of 
the bus station for years.  Well, now they get their wish and in the 
process, they make a mockery of Oklahoma City transportation planning.

So all you European tourists who buy Greyhound bus passes for a summer 
tour of the states, you might as well skip Oklahoma City because the 
only thing you'll be in position to see here are Petro Lane and Waffle 
House, which are fine places I am sure but since you can find them 
anywhere there's no reason to stop in OKC to see them.  Just go on to 
Dallas-Fort Worth, or over to Little Rock or Albuquerque, Kansas City, 
or Denver.  There's nothing to see here, nothing to see, move along 
folks, just keep moving on.

Bob Waldrop, OKC

On 10/29/2012 3:12 PM, Tom Elmore wrote:
> http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2007-sep-rail-on-a-budget-nashvilles-music-city-star
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