Oklahoma City (MAPS Link)

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

(November 1996)


The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) is proposing a 3 mile, $21.7 million (escalated dollars) vintage rail trolley circulator in downtown Oklahoma City. The project is known as the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) Transportation System Rail Element. COTPA estimates that 1,700 daily riders will use this route in the year 2000. The project will serve the Alfred P. Murrah bombing memorial and proposed Federal office campus.


COTPA completed a major investment study for a 15-mile corridor that connects the hotel district along Meridian Avenue in southwest Oklahoma City with the downtown and the area around Remington Park Racetrack in the northeast. The preferred alternative includes the vintage trolley project in downtown, and was selected in September 1995. The trolley project is included in the regionally adopted metropolitan transportation plan and transportation improvement program. COTPA will be using Section 5307 formula funds for preliminary engineering which has begun along with advance planning tasks authorized for this project.

Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $1.99 million in Section 5309 New Start funds for this project.


This project is exempt from the New Starts criteria since the anticipated Section 5309 Federal share is less than $25 million.

Mobility Improvements - The MAPS Link is not expected to significantly reduce travel time. Approximately 1,700 daily riders are expected to be attracted to the trolley circulator.

Cost Effectiveness - The cost-effectiveness index is $3 per new trip.

Environmental Benefits - Oklahoma City is classified as an attainment area for air quality. A preliminary evaluation of environmental factors indicated no significant impact on air quality.

Operating Efficiencies - The project's impact on systemwide operating cost per passenger has not been computed, but is likely to be insignificant. A cost of $.84 per passenger trip is anticipated for the LPA.


COTPA is expected to seek a total Section 5309 New Start share of $13 million, or 60 percent of the project's estimated capital cost. Other Federal funds would be obtained from the Section 5307 and Community Development Block Grant programs. The 40 percent local share would be derived from a voter approved, 5-year 1 percent sales tax and from other city bond programs. FTA has not rated the capital financing plan or the stability and reliability of operating revenues.

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Federal: Section 5309 New Start $13.00 ($1.99 million appropriated through FY 1997)
Federal: Section 5307 $0.08
Federal Community Development Block Grant $0.72
Local: $7.90
Total: $21.70

Note: Funding proposal reflects assumptions made by project sponsors, and are not DOT or FTA assumptions.