For first 3 weeks, OKC street­car will be free

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE - BY WIL­LIAM CRUM Staff Writer wcrum@ok­la­homan.com

The Ok­la­homa City street­car will be free to ride for the first three weeks of ser­vice, which is slated to be­gin next month.

The base fare of $1 takes ef­fect Jan. 5, as­sum­ing ser­vice be­gins as planned on Dec. 14.

Em­bark Di­rec­tor Ja­son Fer­brache said Fri­day the fare-free pe­riod would in­clude Open­ing Night cel­e­bra­tions down­town on New Year’s Eve.

The Cen­tral Ok­la­homa Trans­porta­tion and Park­ing Au­thor­ity board ap­proved the plans.

Once Em­bark starts col­lect­ing fares, $1 will buy a one-hour pass. A day pass will be $3.

Street­car sys­tem test­ing and op­er­a­tor train­ing is con­tin­u­ing on the down­town and Brick­town loops.

Em­bark con­ducted an emer­gency drill on Wed­nes­day that in­volved po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance ser­vices.

The MAPS 3 street­car will run through down­town, north to NW 11 street in Mid­town, south to Ch­e­sa­peake En­ergy Arena, and east into Brick­town on the far side of the Dodgers’ ball­park.

The down­town loop will op­er­ate daily, Mon­day through Satur­day, from Mid­town through the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict and Brick­town.

The shorter Brick­town loop will run be­tween Brick­town and the arena, and along a sec­tion of the Ok­la­homa Boule­vard, on a lim­ited sched­ule.

There will be no reg­u­lar Sun­day ser­vice.

[PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

An Ok­la­homa City street­cars stops on Sheri­dan Av­enue in front of the Cox Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. When ser­vice be­gins in De­cem­ber, there will be no fare col­lected for three weeks, of­fi­cials said.

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