The OKC Streetcar reached its 1 million rider milestone on Saturday, Sept. 10, since service began in December 2018.
The OKC Streetcar was one of the 2009 voter-approved MAPS 3 transit projects.
“I commend everyone at OKC Streetcar for working together to get through a two-year period that was very challenging across the country for public transit, downtowns, and tourism,” said David Holt, Oklahoma City mayor. “As we transition into some normality, the Streetcar continues to emerge as a valuable resource for visitors, who are themselves an ever more important part of our local economy.”
A project of the city's MAPS 3 program, EMBARK said the OKC Streetcar aims to strengthen community connections, support economic growth, and enhance mobility for residents and visitors in OKC's core.
OKC Streetcar construction was completed in October 2018, and the service officially launched on December 14, 2018, with fare collection beginning in February 2019.
EMBARK said the streetcar includes two route options: the 4.8-mile Downtown Loop and the two-mile Bricktown Loop, and serves five Downtown OKC districts, including Automobile Alley, Bricktown, City Center, Arts District, and Midtown.
The OKC Streetcar is the region's first local passenger rail in nearly a century, according to EMBARK.
“As we begin to welcome more aspects of a comprehensive transit system, including the RAPID Bus Rapid Transit line and the potential for commuter rail through RTA, we will begin to fully realize the important role that the Streetcar plays as a circulator for residents arriving downtown without a car," Holt said. "In the meantime, the Streetcar has already spurred major economic development downtown, and in moving more than a million passengers, it has obviously already established itself as a desirable amenity.”