One Final Post to Ensure Everyone Stays Mad at Me
I don’t know who Nancy K. Anderson is, but she has been very persistent in emailing The Oklahoman and city council members about her concerns about the MAPS 3 streetcar system.
Her latest email includes an update on the Atlanta streetcar system, which has sources to back it up. I am posting it, fully expecting the details and context will be debated in the comments to follow:
ATLANTA – One of Oklahoma City’s consultants, URS, Inc., has the design-build contract for the 2.6-mile streetcar line under construction in Atlanta. Its contract started out at $52.2 million in March 2012 and was increased 13 percent in May 2013 to $59 million. URS asked for a $9.9 million increase – 19 percent – but received $6.8 million.
This is the same company whose representative has assured us the entire proposed Phase 1 line here – 4.5 miles – can be delivered for $94 million, which is substantially less than the consultants actually project.
The Atlanta project is almost two miles shorter than ours but has a larger total budget – $98,910,442.
 Telephone conversation 9/23/13 with the executive director of the Atlanta project, Tim Borchers.
A presentation by URS Inc. on the Oklahoma City streetcar project from August can be viewed here: