Civic leaders break ground on MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar track line

           

Civic leaders broke ground Tuesday on the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcar track line, starting work on the metro’s first streetcar system in generations and launching a new era in local public transit.

 

“The MAPS 3 OKC Streetcar is one of the most ambitious projects in Oklahoma City’s history, and it will forever transform the way we live, shop, work, play, eat and get around downtown and the surrounding districts,” said Mayor Mick Cornett. “We can expect to create memorable public spaces and increased private development like locally-owned shops, restaurants and more housing options.”

 

Among those joining Mayor Cornett at the groundbreaking were Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer, Ward 7 Councilman John A. Pettis, Jr., and  MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board Chairman Tom McDaniel.

 

The ceremonial groundbreaking kicks off about two years of construction and testing on tracks in and around downtown Oklahoma City, with OKC Streetcar service scheduled to begin in December 2018.

 

During the current construction phase until May, traffic will be affected on E Sheridan Avenue between E.K. Gaylord Boulevard and Joe Carter Avenue. At least one lane of eastbound Sheridan will be closed during this phase, and both eastbound lanes will close east of Mickey Mantle Drive once construction begins east of that street.

 

Stay updated on how construction will affect traffic on City streets as the project progresses by signing up for email alerts or visiting the streetcar construction update page on the MAPS 3 website.

 

The groundbreaking was held on Sheridan in front of The Melting Pot in Bricktown, which the OKC Streetcar will link with the central business district, Automobile Alley, Midtown, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Myriad Botanical Gardens and the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park and Convention Center.

 

About the OKC Streetcar
EMBARK will operate the OKC Streetcar as part of the City’s public transit system.

 

The streetcar will have two route options: a 2-mile Bricktown loop, and a 4.8-mile mainline serving the rest of the central urban core. Click here for a map.

 

The OKC Streetcar will serve 22 stops with five streetcars, which ride on rails flush with the street. The streetcars use overhead wires for electric power on part of the route, and batteries for the rest.

 

The streetcar will use City streets in the same way as other vehicles, obeying traffic signals and other rules of the road. EMBARK is developing a safety campaign to educate drivers, pedestrians and cyclists how to avoid accidents once streetcar service begins.

 

Each OKC Streetcar stop is ADA-accessible for easy boarding with signage, real-time arrival information, covered shelters and a ticket vending machine.

 

The project budget is $131 million and includes a storage and maintenance facility already under construction at SW 7th Street and Hudson Avenue.

 

Brookville Equipment Corporation is building the streetcars and Herzog-Stacey and Witbeck is building the rail line. Consultants include ADG, Jacobs Engineering, AECOM and SOJ. EMBARK is negotiating a contract with Herzog Transit Services for managing the OKC Streetcar’s day-to-day operations.

 

About MAPS 3

MAPS 3 is a $777 million capital improvement program to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks.