Oklahoma City streetcar testing begins on downtown streets with 'clearance' cart test
Streetcar testing has moved onto downtown Oklahoma City streets.
Monday, a test began on the 2.3-mile loop that connects Bricktown with Chesapeake Energy Arena, the new convention center complex and park, and Myriad Gardens.
A "clearance" cart is being walked around the Bricktown loop to check for trees that must be trimmed before the streetcar vehicles can begin testing in Bricktown.
Tuesday, overhead wires will be tested.
If all goes as planned, a truck will pull a streetcar around the Bricktown loop on Thursday evening.
Three things to know:
• Downtown motorists must learn to share the road with streetcars.
• Cars that are parked blocking the tracks could be towed.
• Testing on city streets is expected to continue for six months.
The contractor hit a major milestone by completing the Bricktown loop on time.
The longer downtown loop should be done in October.
Testing is to continue through November.
Streetcar service begins in December.
Base fare to ride will be $1 now that the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority has approved a consultant's recommended fare structure. Here are details from the consultant's report: