Council to reverse course on fine for Oklahoma City Streetcar scofflaws
The Oklahoma City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal to levy a $10 fine for riding the streetcar without a valid fare card.
The council initially considered levying a $500 fine on individuals caught riding without paying, or riding after their fare had expired, but deferred a vote on the matter last month.
The base fare to ride the MAPS 3 streetcar will be $1 for a one-hour pass. A day pass will be $3.
Streetcar service begins in December.
Testing widens as downtown loop is completed
Streetcar testing moves into the central business district Oct. 8.
Beginning with an overnight test starting at 8 p.m. Monday, streetcars will be on the downtown loop, the longer of the two routes.
The 4.8-mile downtown loop links Midtown and Bricktown through the heart of downtown.
The first daytime tests on the downtown route are to begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Testing has been going on since May on the Bricktown loop.
Each streetcar must have at least 310 miles of testing before being certified to carry passengers.
Six of Oklahoma City's seven streetcars have been delivered; the seventh is due from the manufacturer in western Pennsylvania on Oct. 27.
MAPS 3 streetcar construction is wrapping up downtown.
• Streetcars will run on the Bricktown and downtown loops as operator training continues.
• Track installation continues on the NW 5 "turnback" between Broadway and Robinson.
Documenting streetcar history
Oklahoma City is collecting stories documenting the history of streetcar service in the city.
Stories and photos can be submitted at https://okc.gov/StreetcarStories.
They could be used in promotional and educational materials.
What do the signals mean?
The downtown streetcar system has streetcar-specific signals at 15 intersections.
A horizontal bar means stop, a vertical bar means proceed, and a diagonal bar means proceed into a turn.
Note for NBA fans: Streetcars will creep through Thunder Alley outside Chesapeake Energy Arena, with police opening and closing barricades at the pre-game events.