Oklahoma City Streetcar, also known as OKC Streetcar project, is part of the $777m MAPS 3 public transit system being developed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US.

The project will connect the downtown, Bricktown, midtown, arts district and automobile alleys of Oklahoma City. Embark will be responsible for operating the project.

Construction of the streetcar commenced in February 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. The estimated cost of the project is $131m.

The project is expected to link the primary destinations by integrating with the existing transportation network.

Oklahoma City Streetcar route details

The project will include two routes, with the first being the two-mile Bricktown loop and the second being a 4.8-mile mainline.

The Bricktown loop line passes through the future MAPS 3 area, existing Cox Convention Center, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, and the future MAPS 3 Park.

The main line will run across the Central Business District, which links the Downtown Transit Center, Automobile Alley, Midtown, St. Anthony Hospital and Bricktown, as well as the intermodal hub (Santa Fe Station), MAPS 3 Convention Center, and MAPS 3 Park.

Numerous factors were considered before finalising the route for the project, including maximising economic development, optimising system operation, future expansion potential, technical requirements, and costs.

The routes for future expansions are expected to include the Oklahoma Health Centre, North Classen Drive, and the MAPS 3 Park near South Walker Avenue.

Infrastructure and construction details of Oklahoma City Streetcar project

The project includes the installation of 4.9mi of rail track from Bricktown to midtown, across the central business district. Overhead wires will be deployed on the streetcar line to supply power.

The service will include 22 stops and run on five streetcars. Each OKC Streetcar stop will be ADA-accessible with signs, arrival information, covered shelters and a ticket vending machine. The project also includes a storage and maintenance facility.

The track is being installed by welding 354ft rail sections. Rail installation on Joe Carter Avenue was being carried out as of March 2017. Upon installation, concrete will be spread on the newly constructed track bed. Pavement digging was simultaneously being carried out on E Reno Avenue route.

Rolling stock for Oklahoma City streetcar

The streetcar vehicles will be 66ft-long and 8ft-wide, with a 70% low-floor area offering 100% curb-level boarding for passengers.

"The streetcar vehicles will be 66ft-long and 8ft-wide, with a 70% low-floor area offering 100% curb-level boarding for passengers."

The vehicle will have seating for 30 passengers and transport up to 100. It will use electric power from overhead wires on part of the route and a lithium-ion battery onboard energy storage system (OESS) for remaining routes. The first streetcar is expected to arrive by October 2017.

Embark launched the streetcar in three colours, including Bermuda Green, Clear Sky Blue and Redbud. The three colour palettes were unveiled with a tonal colour palette painted on the six streetcars.

Contractors involved

A joint venture of Herzog-Stacey and Witbeck has been awarded the contract to construct the rail line.

Brookville Equipment received a $24.9m contract to supply five Liberty streetcars for the project, with an option to buy additional cars.

ADG, Jacobs Engineering, AECOM and SOJ served as consultants on the project.