For first 3 weeks, OKC streetcar will be free
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.
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.