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Oklahoma City Streetcar

Oklahoma City Streetcar
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The first Brookville Liberty streetcar for Oklahoma City, a few weeks after its arrival. It wears one of three different paint schemes used for the fleet.[1][2]
Overview
Other name(s)OKC Downtown Streetcar
TypeStreetcar
SystemEmbark
LocaleOklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Stations22 stops
Services2
Daily ridership3,943 [3]
Websitehttp://okcstreetcar.com
Operation
OpenedDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)[4]
OwnerOklahoma City
Operator(s)Herzog Transit Services
CharacterAt-grade
Depot(s)Santa Fe Transit Hub
Rolling stock7 Brookville Liberty Modern Streetcars[5]
Technical
Line length4.8 mi (7.7 km)[7][8]
Track length5.6 mi (9.0 km)
Track gauge
Electrification740 V DC overhead wire;[6]lithium-ion battery
Operating speed30 mph (48 km/h)
One of three color schemes used, seen here, is the "Clear Sky blue". The other colors are "Redbud" (magenta and pink) and "Bermuda" (green).[2]

The Oklahoma City Streetcar (OKC Streetcar), also known as the MAPS 3 streetcar, is a streetcar system in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The 4.8-mile (7.7 km) system serves the greater downtown Oklahoma City area using modern, low-floor streetcars,[5] the first of which was delivered in mid-February 2018.[9] The initial system would see two lines that connect Oklahoma City's Central Business District with the entertainment district, Bricktown, and the Midtown District.[10] Expansion to other districts surrounding downtown as well as more routes in the CBD is already underway.[]

History

The streetcar was first conceived in a 2005 regional transit study known as the Fixed Guideway Study. The concept lay dormant until local Oklahoma City businessman, inventor, and political activist Jeff Bezdek promoted the project to the Oklahoma City Council to be considered as part of Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3 (MAPS 3) program.[11] Bezdek launched a strategic campaign called the Modern Transit Project to generate public support for the initiative.[12] Polling indicated that the streetcar plan had a majority of support from likely voters.[13] The Oklahoma City Council incorporated the concept into the MAPS program.

The system is financed through MAPS 3, a sales tax-financed public works program. The initiative was approved in 2009 via a majority vote by the citizens of Oklahoma City.[14]

On September 29, 2015, the Oklahoma City city council approved the awarding of a $22 million contract to Inekon, of the Czech Republic, for the purchase of five streetcars,[15] as well as spare parts and training.[16] However, after Inekon failed to meet a one-month deadline for submitting required financial-guarantee information, project staff recommended switching to Brookville Equipment Corporation, another manufacturer that had also bid for the order.[17] On November 10, the city council voted its approval for the staff to begin negotiations with Brookville for the streetcar contract.[17] In March 2016, the city reached a final agreement with Brookville to purchase five streetcars, with an option for a sixth, at a cost of $24.9 million.[18] The low-floor design is Brookville's "Liberty" model.[19] In May 2016, the city council approved adding a sixth car to the order,[20] and in February 2017 approved expanding the order to seven cars.[21]

In December 2016, the city council awarded a $50 million contract for rail installation to builders Herzog and Stacy and Witbeck, with construction planned to begin in early 2017 and continue for about two years.[22] The formal groundbreaking for the project took place on February 7, 2017.[5] The project was expected to cost a total of $131.8 million in 2017,[5] but this had increased to $136 million by 2018.[23]

The first streetcar arrived on February 12, 2018 (and was unloaded onto the rails the following day),[24] and by March 12, three of the seven on order had arrived.[1] Three different color schemes are used, with three cars in a "redbud" color, two in blue and two in green,[1] along with white for a portion of each car. By the end of September 2018, six of the seven cars had been received.[23]

Opening

Service commenced on the morning of December 14, 2018, followed by three days of city-funded celebrations.[4][7] At a reported total installation price of $136 million,[25] the cost was $29.6 million per mile (including purchase of the vehicles).

Service was free until February 1 (extended beyond an original plan for three weeks of free service, through January 4), to promote the new service. Embark began charging fares on February 2, 2019,[26] the base fare being $1, with discounts for senior and disabled riders and with 24-hour and multi-day passes available.[8]

At the time of the line's opening, it was tentatively planned that the line would not have regular Sunday service, and would operate only on Sundays when events were scheduled. However, Sunday service was scheduled for the system's first seven weeks, through late January, and Embark planned to monitor Sunday ridership during that time, to determine whether Sunday service should be made a permanent part of the schedule.[27] In late January, Embark announced that Sunday ridership had been better than expected,[28] and that consequently, Sunday service would resume on February 10[26] (after a one-weekend suspension) and be made a permanent part of the weekly schedule. Sunday service is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of March and then expand to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting April 7.[28]

Design

The streetcar system is one of the conventional type using steel rails embedded into city streets, with modern vehicles powered from overhead electric wires. The streetcars are planned to be in use with everyday traffic. Initially, five vehicles were slated to be ordered. A sixth car was slated to be purchased through MAPS 3 with options for six more vehicles beyond the initial purchase. The streetcar vehicles was required to operate wirelessly for several hundred feet under the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway bridges that separate downtown Oklahoma City central business district from the Bricktown entertainment district.[29]

Operations

The city has contracted with Herzog Transit Services to operate the line and provide day-to-day maintenance.[7] The system has two routes, with the 4.8-mile (7.7 km) Downtown Loop covering the full line and the shorter Bricktown Loop covering a 2-mile (3.2 km) portion of the line, in the Bricktown district.[8]

Schedule

Service is provided seven days a week on the Downtown Loop, while the Bricktown Loop operates only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. (7 a.m. Saturdays) to midnight Monday to Saturday, extended to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.[30] Streetcars operate on a headway of 15-18 minutes.[8]

Fares

The fare is $1, or $0.50 for seniors at least 65 or disabled or Medicare via Embark ID card, and all riders need a ticket. 30/7/1-day passes are available via ticket vending machines at stops. Children under 7 are free with a fare-paying rider; limit three.

Ridership

Month Passenger trips
Dec. 2018 73,520[31]
Jan. 2019 48,783[32]
Feb. 2019 20,522[33]
Mar. 2019 33,232[34]
Apr. 2019 29,660[35]
May 2019 22,582[36]
June 2019 48,088[37]
July 2019 33,113[38]
Aug. 2019 26,480[39]
Sep. 2019 30,186[40]
Oct. 2019 28,832[41]

List of streetcar stops

     Downtown Line
     Bricktown Line

Loop between Bricktown and Midtown

No. Station Intersection Line Notes
1 East Bricktown Joe Carter and Flaming Lips Alley          
2 Ballpark Johnny Bench and Mickey Mantle Drives          
3 Santa Fe Hub Reno and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard          
4 Arena Reno and Robinson          
5 Scissortail Park Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson          
6 Myriad Gardens Hudson and Sheridan          
7 Library Hudson and Park     
8 Transit Center Hudson and NW 4th     
9 Federal Courthouse NW 4th and Robinson     
10 Broadway Avenue Broadway and NW 4th     
11 Automobile Alley Broadway and NW 8th     
12 Campbell Art Park Broadway and NW 11th     
13 North Hudson NW 11th and Hudson     
14 Dewey Avenue Dewey and NW 10th     
15 Midtown NW 10th and Hudson     
16 NW 10th Street NW 10th and Robinson     
17 Law School Robinson and NW 7th     
18 Memorial Museum Robinson and NW 4th     
19 Business District Robinson and Park     
20 Century Center Sheridan and Robinson          
21 Bricktown Sheridan and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard          
22 Mickey Mantle Sheridan and Mickey Mantle Drive          

Planned expansion

Major expansion of the Oklahoma City Streetcar system beyond the first phase is already being planned. A steering committee made up of local mayors, city councillors, and other civic leaders approved plans for major expansion from the MAPS 3 system northward up the major thoroughfare Classen Boulevard to the planned 63rd Street commuter rail station stop and southward from downtown along Walker Avenue to the Southwest 25th Street (future) commuter-rail stop in Capitol Hill. Additional plans have also been discussed for streetcar expansion to Oklahoma City University through the historic Plaza District northwest of the initial starter line.[42]

Project oversight

The Oklahoma City Streetcar project as part of the MAPS initiative is overseen by a committee appointed by the mayor and city council of Oklahoma City. The original promoter of the streetcar system, Jeff Bezdek, is appointed to committee along with several other volunteers from the original Modern Transit Project initiative.[43] Recommendations from this committee are formally made to the MAPS 3 oversight board which then makes recommendations to the Oklahoma City Council to be potentially enacted as policy.[44]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Crum, William (March 12, 2018). "Deliveries, testing continue at Oklahoma City streetcar maintenance facility". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Oklahoma City Streetcar: Frequently Asked Questions". Embark. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Crum, William (May 13, 2019). "Oklahoma City Streetcar ridership improving this spring". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b Crum, William (December 15, 2018) [online date December 14]. "Streetcar's start draws crowds". The Oklahoman. p. 1A. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Crum, William (February 8, 2017). "Streetcar work begins in Bricktown". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Franklin, Dallas (June 14, 2018). "Streetcar vehicles to begin testing along Bricktown Loop". KFOR. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "OKC Streetcar service begins" (Press release). City of Oklahoma City. December 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d KFOR-TV; Querry, K. (January 29, 2019). "Streetcar service expanding to Sundays in Oklahoma City". KFOR-TV. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "First Oklahoma City Streetcar delivered". Metro. February 14, 2018. ISSN 1098-0083. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Modern Streetcar/Transit". City of Oklahoma City. Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Lackmeyer, Steve (July 14, 2009). "Streetcar plan may open downtown transit route". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Fenwick, Ben (November 5, 2009). "Officials: Downtown rail initiative in MAPS 3 can serve as future framework". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Shapard Research (September 2009). "MAPS 3 Survey, September 13-15, 2009" (PDF). Oklahoma Gazette, News 9. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ John Estus and Brian Dean (December 9, 2009). "Oklahoma City Voters Say Yes to MAPS 3 Proposal". The Oklahoman.
  15. ^ "Inekon to supply Oklahoma City Streetcars". Railway Gazette International. September 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ Fultonberg, Lorne (September 30, 2015). "Oklahoma City council approves $23 million streetcar contract". KFOR-TV. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ a b Crum, William (November 10, 2015). "Oklahoma City Council votes to change MAPS 3 streetcar manufacturers". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Oklahoma City OKs $24.9 million contract to buy five streetcars from Brookville". Progressive Railroading. March 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ Barrow, Keith (March 23, 2016). "Oklahoma City orders Brookville LRVs". International Railway Journal. UK. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "OKC Council Meeting Notes: May 17, 2016". City of Oklahoma City. May 17, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "OKC Council Meeting Notes: Feb. 28, 2017". City of Oklahoma City. February 28, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Oklahoma City council moves forward with streetcar plans". Trains magazine. November 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ a b Crum, William (October 1, 2018). "OK: Weekend-Long Celebration to Mark Oklahoma City Streetcar Debut". McClatchy. Retrieved 2018 – via Mass Transit magazine.
  24. ^ Crum, William (February 12, 2018). "Oklahoma City's first streetcar is rolled - slowly - off a flatbed truck". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ The Oklahoman Editorial Board (December 14, 2018). "Climb aboard! OKC streetcars open for business". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ a b "OKC Streetcar fares begin February 2; Streetcar to permanently operate seven days a week". Embark. January 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ Crum, William (December 14, 2018). "Hitting the rails: Oklahoma City set to inaugurate streetcar service". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ a b "OKC Streetcar Fares Take Effect Saturday". KWGS. Associated Press. February 1, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ Felder, Ben (July 8, 2014). "Streetcar still on track". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ "OKC Streetcar Service Schedule". Embark. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ https://embarkok.com/assets/files/meeting_documents/packets/2019/2019%2006%2007%20Packet.pdf
  32. ^ https://journalrecord.com/2019/04/16/okc-streetcar-ridership-on-the-rebound/
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  37. ^ https://oklahoman.com/article/5636220/okc-civic-life-for-monday-july-15-2019
  38. ^ https://agenda.okc.gov/sirepub/cache/2/l12lyj45x23amuvva5bxvt45/452466109062019122031569.PDF
  39. ^ https://agenda.okc.gov/sirepub/cache/2/l12lyj45x23amuvva5bxvt45/452466109062019122031569.PDF
  40. ^ https://agenda.okc.gov/sirepub/cache/2/24zs4putsxeflru1yf0zxo55/455193010212019085507735.PDF
  41. ^ https://agenda.okc.gov/sirepub/cache/2/brer3wb2pjd5avfpaaqsa155/458164112032019104439835.PDF
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  43. ^ Koon / Creative Vega, Patrick W. Moore. "Welcome - Modern Transit Project in Oklahoma City". mtpokc.com.
  44. ^ "MAPS3 Citizens Advisory Board". Oklahoma City. Retrieved 2017.

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