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Edmond joins regional transportation move

Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal joined Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and four other mayors and officials with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments to sign an agreement to advance regional transit. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal joined Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and four other mayors and officials with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments to sign an agreement to advance regional transit. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN]

EDMOND — Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb joined five other metro-area mayors in December in pledging their cities' cooperation to develop regional transportation.

Elected leaders from Edmond, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Norman and Moore agreed to pay a share of $511,000 to be spent to organize a regional transit authority task force.

They met at downtown Oklahoma City's historic Santa Fe Station to sign an agreement pledging their help in developing options such as commuter rail and express buses.

The Oklahoma Legislature in 2014 gave central Oklahoma communities the power to seek voter approval and funding for transit services that will cross city and county boundaries.

Taking shape

The six cities anticipate spending $2.1 million during the next three years to determine how a regional transit authority will take shape, including governance and service boundaries.

Edmond city Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner, chairman of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments board of directors, said the metropolitan area is expected to grow from 1.1 million residents to 1.6 million during the next 25 years.

She reviewed more than a decade of regional transit planning and said the signing ceremony was a moment “where we reflect on where we have been, where we are at the moment and where we are going.”

Edmond's mayor is looked ahead to when planning gives way to building.

“It has been my experience that planning is generally easier than implementing, so the real hard and challenging work is still to be accomplished,” Lamb said.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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