The Journal Record
By Brian Brus
OKLAHOMA CITY – The second company seeking a contract with Oklahoma City on the delivery of five modern streetcars made a bonding deadline missed by the first company, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Brookville Equipment Corp. in Pennsylvania was the runner-up in original bids for a streetcar route under the MAPS 3 bond issue. The winning company, Inekon Trams from the Czech Republic, initially bid $4.4 million for each of five cars, compared with Brookville’s $4.7 million, a total difference of $1.5 million for the set.
However, an Inekon project manager said at the end of 2015 that the company had misunderstood the city’s contract terms, resulting in a significant project delay. The city’s Transit and Modern Streetcar Subcommittee and the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board suggested that the City Council cut the company loose and move ahead with Brookville.
Confirmation of Brookville’s bonding status was received at City Hall too late to be inserted in this week’s council meeting agenda, MAPS project manager David Todd said, but otherwise the company is still on schedule.