OKC Streetcar plans include limited Sunday servicePublished: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 By: William Crum
The MAPS 3 streetcar would operate six days a week in its first year with only limited Sunday service, making it something of an outlier among “modern” streetcar systems.
While the D.C. Streetcar in Washington offers no Sunday service, streetcars in Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Kansas City and Tucson operate on regular schedules throughout the week.
Milwaukee and Cincinnati plan to run seven days per week when systems open in those cities.
Oklahoma City's streetcar would fall somewhere in between.
Preliminary plans are to devote about 5 percent of “service hours” to special events, which could include Thunder basketball on Sunday evenings.
Details on how streetcar service is shaping up are included in a memo to city council members and in a document seeking proposals from private companies to operate the system.
The Oklahoma City streetcar is to begin service in November 2018.
Streetcars will traverse the central business district on a five-mile “main line” linking Midtown and Bricktown.
A two-mile “Bricktown loop” will serve the Bricktown entertainment district, the Thunder's home court at Chesapeake Arena, and the MAPS 3 convention center, MAPS 3 park and city parking garages.