By William Crum
A new contract for the MAPS 3 streetcars would preserve plans to begin service in mid-2018 but, as expected, drive up costs for the multimillion-dollar trams.
Oklahoma City finalized a contract this week with Brookville Equipment Corp., of Brookville, Pa. The company's president, Marion H. Van Fosson, signed the 48-page agreement Tuesday.
Total cost for five of Brookville's Liberty streetcars is $24.9 million. Czech company Inekon Group had offered to build five of its Trio streetcars for $23 million.
The city council approved a contract with Inekon last year but turned to Brookville, which finished second in the evaluation of manufacturers, after Inekon failed to produce required financial guarantees.