Broken Arrow And Tulsa Looking At Rapid Transit Link

Thursday, October 26th 2006, 6:27 am
By: News On 6

It could be good news if you live in or around Broken Arrow.

The city of Tulsa is talking about putting in a rail service to and from the town. A consulting firm out of Dallas is heading up the preliminary study.

Tim Schmidt with Lockwood Andrews Newnan Consulting: "This is just the first step, so you've got a feasibility study, the next step would be an alternatives analysis, which would again look more in depth in those alternatives to determine which is the best alternative."

The next step would be a preliminary engineering step, which would make sure the idea wouldn't damage the environment. And then finally design and construction. The whole process would take 6 to 10 years to finish.

The first two of six public hearings were held Thursday.

This isn't the first time the idea has come up. A similar project failed about 20-years ago. Now Broken Arrow's population of 90,000 people is much larger than it was then and more people are concerned about gas prices. They're hoping the public will take another look.

The study could be completed as soon as March of next year.