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Oklahoma City Ballot Measure Passes

In a special election Sept. 12, voters in Oklahoma City approved Proposition 8, which provides $20 million for public transit projects including new buses and bus stop improvements, by a preliminary measure of 62.5 percent in favor to 37.5 percent opposed.

“We’re elated at the overwhelming approval of the ‘Safer Streets, Better City’ ballot,” said Jason Ferbrache, administrator of EMBARK in Oklahoma City. “While the transit funds allocated in Proposition 8 will allow EMBARK to make necessary bus replacements, expand our fleet and improve numerous transit stops, other propositions will also greatly enhance access to transit stops with hundreds of miles of new sidewalks and trails, more bike lanes and the improved road conditions that will positively impact the health of our fleet.”

Proposition 8 was one of 15 individual propositions approved by voters, authorizing a total $967.4 million in bonds to be sold over the next 10 years for needs including public transit and parks. Streets and bridges will receive around $550 million.

Funding through the proposition will support bus replacement and expansion, park-and-ride facilities and transit stop improvements including sidewalks, shelters and accessibility improvements.

EMBARK noted that these funds will cover its bus replacement needs through 2021, allowing for replacement of 15 buses and addition of eight to 13 new vehicles to provide additional frequency and service enhancements.


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