Can we dig it?

Light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail: meh. What we need is a subway:

We will cut down on road rage. Most of the existing rail lines in Oklahoma City run through streets, meaning that every 15-30 minutes all the cars will have to stop and wait at the railroad crossing. If you have ever driven in Oklahoma City you know that every minute an Oklahoman spends idling, is a minute where his blood pressure is rising.

If you don’t like that angle, try this one:

Instant Tornado Shelters! What are you gonna do when you are driving your light rail system through Oklahoma City and the F2 tornado hits. You better hold on to your seat while your light rail cart is being thrown around like a toy. But in your subway car, you can drive around all day while the F5 above you goes buck-wild.

Trini points out that if you’re going to treat your subway car like a freaking mobile home, you’re likely to attract tornadoes, so this isn’t quite the unalloyed joy it might seem.

Still, what the hell. If we can spend a billion bucks on four miles of road…


  1. McGehee »

    12 July 2008 · 10:06 am

    Them tunnel tornadoes is the worst kind.

  2. fillyjonk »

    12 July 2008 · 2:51 pm

    if the depth-to-bedrock of OKC is like the depth-to-bedrock where I live, putting in “subterranean” roadways would be enormously expensive, because they’d have to start blasting sandstone out once they got a foot deep or so in some places.

    The guy proposing this plan doesn’t happen to be named Brendan, does he?

  3. CGHill »

    12 July 2008 · 3:17 pm

    Now if you’re going to get sensible on us, we’ll just forget the whole thing. Geez.

    (Come to think of it, the new I-40 alignment is supposed to be several feet below grade level — except for the minor detail that there’s not enough support for the actual roadway that far down.)

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