Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - Transportation Priorities

Transportation Priorities

State issues

Major Projects
The Chamber will advocate for full funding and timely completion of work on major interchanges located at Interstate 44 and Broadway Extension, I-240 and I-35 (Crossroads), and I-40 east of I-240, as well as necessary improvements to State Highway 74 (north of Lake Hefner Parkway).

Governor’s Bridge Improvement Plan
The Chamber supports providing adequate annual appropriations to implement Gov. Fallin’s and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Bridge Improvement Plan to repair or replace all of Oklahoma’s structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system by 2020. 

ODOT Eight-Year Plan
The Chamber supports annual appropriations necessary to preserve and implement ODOT’s eight-year construction work plan.  Further, the Chamber will strongly oppose any effort to divert dedicated transportation funding to other areas of government. 

Ports of Entry
The Chamber supports providing adequate annual state appropriations and staffing levels for the timely completion and effective use of weigh stations at Oklahoma’s ports of entry to ensure the protection of Oklahoma’s roads and bridges from unnecessary damage caused by overweight freight loads.

Local Option
The Chamber will support legislation granting cities the option of considering the location of contractors (in relation to the project) in awarding municipal contracts, provided that the legislation exempts ODOT, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) and all other state agencies.

Texting While Driving
The Chamber will support legislation that prohibits texting while operating a motor vehicle to enhance public safety and improve quality of life.

I-40 Crosstown Reconnection
The Chamber believes timely restoration of full access between I-40 and downtown Oklahoma City is critical, and will therefore advocate for the reconnection of the old I-40 (new boulevard) from Western Avenue west to the new I-40 as soon as it is practical.  The Chamber will further advocate for the completion of the remaining reconnection corridor between Gaylord/Shields and Western Avenue as promptly as the environmental process allows.

10th Street Ramp
The Chamber will advocate for completion of the I-235/Harrison/10th Street Ramp access improvements during 2015. 

State Transit Funding
The Chamber supports an increased allocation of state revenues into the State of Oklahoma’s Public Transit Revolving Fund to meet citizen demand for public transit.

Heartland Flyer
Passenger rail service is a key component of the development of the Oklahoma City intermodal hub and the future development of commuter rail throughout the metropolitan area.  The Chamber will work with the Congressional delegation, ODOT and ACOG to oppose efforts to reduce or eliminate the federal subsidy received by Oklahoma to operate the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Fort Worth, Texas.  Moreover, the Chamber supports efforts by ODOT to negotiate with the State of Texas and Amtrak to ensure Amtrak can be maintained as the passenger rail carrier. 

The Chamber supports continued dialogue on extending the Heartland Flyer Amtrak service to Newton, Kan. – which would connect Oklahoma City to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and other locations on the Amtrak system. 

Oklahoma Rail Safety Improvement Plan
The Chamber supports ODOT’s Rail Safety Improvements plan to address rail safety issues in Oklahoma City and across the state. 

Municipal

Downtown Boulevard
The Chamber will work with the Congressional delegation, the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to ensure the timely completion of the Downtown Boulevard.  Significant delays in completing the Downtown Boulevard will impair access to downtown and negatively impact current and future businesses located along the proposed boulevard route and within the downtown core.

The Chamber supports the Oklahoma City Council’s adoption of Alternative C as the City of Oklahoma City’s selected design option for completion of the Downtown Boulevard. 

Transit
The Chamber supports implementation of transit programs that will best serve Central Oklahoma including the Central Oklahoma Transit and Parking Authority (COTPA) 2005 Fixed Guideway Transit Study and its following components:

Association of Central Oklahoma Government’s (ACOG) Regional Transit Dialogue Committees to identify regional transit alternatives/solutions for Central Oklahoma.

ACOG’s Commuter Corridors Study to examine mitigation strategies for future congestion. 

The Chamber further supports the development and implementation of a taskforce consisting of core Central Oklahoma cities working toward the goal of establishing a Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

Intermodal Hub
The Chamber will work with the City of Oklahoma City, ACOG, COTPA, ODOT, and the state Legislature to develop and fund an intermodal hub at the Santa Fe station that will effectively integrate various modes of transportation and enhance economic development opportunities.

The Chamber supports efforts to work with stakeholders to maximize alignment and development of future locally preferred alternatives for mass transportation. 

Quiet Zones
The Chamber will work with the City of Oklahoma City, the Alliance for Economic Development and ODOT to establish a Railroad Quiet Zone on the BNSF mainline running through downtown Oklahoma City.

Parking
The Chamber supports increased funding for construction of additional parking to allow continued economic development downtown.

Alternative Transportation
The Chamber supports increased construction of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes. 

Federal

Federal Highway Trust Fund
The Chamber will work with our Congressional delegation and ODOT to secure a permanent funding solution for the Federal Highway Trust Fund (including Mass Transit programs). 

The Chamber supports reauthorization of a multiyear surface transportation act to provide funding stability to state and local governments.      

Bus Funding
The Chamber supports restoring federal bus funding to pre-MAP 21 levels. 

 

For more information, please contact a member of our Government Relations staff.