Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cotpa Awarded $1.5 Million to Buy Rail Line Right-of-Ways

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cotpa Awarded $1.5 Million to Buy Rail Line Right-of-Ways

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A grant in the amount of $1.5 million from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration for the purchase of rail line rig ht-of-ways from NE 10th St. to NE 63rd St. has been awarded to the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, Terry Patillo, COTPA executive director, announced during the authority's meeting Friday.

Patillo explained that the rail lines themselves are owned by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co. and have been abandoned for quite some time.

COTPA made the application for the grant in June. At that time, the Oklahoma City Council granted approval of putting up $299,910 in city money as 20 percent matching funds for purchase of the right-of-ways.

During COTPA's August meeting, the members selected DeShazo, Starek and Tang of Tulsa to conduct a planning analysis of the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City, which Patillo said was the next phase in the acquisition process.

Patillo emphasized the study may reveal that a heavy railroad system may be not be the best mode of transportation to serve that section of the city.

"We are already doing the analysis of the northeast quadrant which may take as long as two years to complete," Patillo said. "The analysis might show the area might be best served by highway system, a light rail system, monorail or some other form of transportation."

Whatever method of transportation is ultimately decided upon would probably be used to provide large numbers of people a way of getting back and forth from Remington Park racetrack, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the other entertainment and recreational facilities clustered in the northeast section of the city. …

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