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Oklahoma City streetcar project details to be presented at public meeting


Oklahoma City and Jacobs Engineering officials will host a public meeting on Thursday to provide information about the city's proposed streetcar project.

The meeting will provide insight into how the $128.8 million modern streetcar might operate once it's built, city officials said in a press release.

Voters approved funding for the project in 2009 as part of MAPS 3 (Metropolitan Area Projects), a 10-year, $777 million construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. The City Council is expected to approve the streetcar route this summer. Construction on the line is expected to begin in 2014.

The rail-based streetcar and a hub will serve downtown Oklahoma City. The track miles to be constructed will be determined by funding, city officials said.

MAPS 3 is funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017.

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