Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

One Direction: Cities Come Together to Form Transit Task Force

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

One Direction: Cities Come Together to Form Transit Task Force

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The metro area has finally reached the collective will and population density necessary for municipal governments to jointly commit funds to public transit, said John Johnson, executive director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments.

The mayors of Del City, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Edmond and Oklahoma City will come together Dec. 1 to sign an agreement memorializing the creation of the Central Oklahoma Regional Task Force, which will be charged with developing a regional transit authority for the metro.

Much of the momentum leading up to the organization's creation has come from Oklahoma City's infrastructure development, including the MAPS sales tax initiatives and Embark metro transit system. But Oklahoma City has not been operating in a vacuum, Johnson said, and those improvements have synchronized nicely with other cities' investments in their own bus lines. The effort could not have moved forward without input from stakeholders such as chambers of commerce, universities and major employers. …

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