Dec. 2--After years of budget constraints and neglect, Oklahoma City's public transit system, EMBARK, has undergone a transformation over the past few years that included a restructuring of routes and the introduction of evening and weekend service.
Voters on Dec. 10 will decide whether to expand the operation even further with the inclusion of $87 million as part of the estimated $978 million to be raised from passage of MAPS 4. Like the prior MAPS ballots, the proposal does not raise the city's sales tax rate and it's limited to one cent over eight years.
The MAPS 4 funding for transit includes $12 million for additional buses and traffic signalization to give buses priority at about half of the 490 signalized intersections along EMBARK routes. Another $10 million would pay for 500 handicap-accessible bus shelters with security lighting. Half of the system's 1,400 stops would then have shelters and security lights would be installed at the remaining bus stops.
The largest share of the funding, $60 million, would pay for two bus rapid transit routes to follow up on one recently funded and currently under design.
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