EMBARK's streetcar and bus pass sale begins, other festivities this month
EMBARK’s bi-annual bus and streetcar sale starts Sunday, but that’s only the beginning for transit-related activities this month.
From Sunday to Saturday, all bus and streetcar passes will be half-off. A similar markdown is held annually the first week of July. The discount applies to all types of passes, taking the daily universal bus pass down to $2 and the unlimited daily streetcar pass to $1.50. The 30-day bus universal bus pass will be $25 and the 30-day unlimited streetcar pass is priced at $16. The annual universal bus pass will be reduced to $300 and an annual universal streetcar pass will cost $192. Bulk orders also receive 50% off, plus 7.7% off purchases over $2,000.00.
Passes can be purchased through Token Transit mobile app or at the downtown transit center, 420 NW Fifth Street.
On the weekends, as part of Downtown In December celebrations, residents can ride the OKC Streetcar for free. The offer runs until Jan. 5.
In Norman, residents can also ride the city’s bus for free as they get used to the services offered by EMBARK, which is now operating Norman’s fixed-route bus service and para transit service. This transition follows a July vote by the Norman City Council to transfer operations from the University of Oklahoma to EMBARK.
In December, the holidays will be celebrated onboard the OKC Streetcar and at the EMBARK Transit Center. Throughout the month, visitors can hop onboard a streetcar to enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus. She’ll read “The Polar Express” and “Santa Comes to Oklahoma City,” as the streetcar takes everyone around the city. The ticketed event starts and ends at the historic Santa Fe Train Depot where guests can enjoy cookies, milk and photo opportunities. Everyone will take home a wooden Oklahoma-shaped ornament. A portion of the ticket sales benefit The Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma City. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at okctours.com.
On Dec. 14, residents can celebrate the OKC Streetcar’s one-year anniversary with free rides and special guests appearances such as Dasher the Reindeer, Gingy the Gingerbread Man, the Grinch and Mrs. Claus. At the Ballpark platform in Bricktown, visitors can enjoy make crafts, write letters to Santa, live music and drop off donations to The Homeless Alliance of Oklahoma City. People who donate new tooth brushes, lip balm, socks, gloves, hand warmers or a blanket can get a free streetcar day pass to be used at a later date. The Curbside Chronicle will also be on site, selling wrapping paper.
As if the sights and sounds of Downtown In December aren’t enough, enjoy a Sip and Savor tour on Dec. 14. Visitors can get bites from five restaurants along the streetcar route, paired with beer from Elk Valley Brewery. The ride ends at Elk Valley for a party, featuring more food, live music, fire pits and a holiday movie marathon. There will also be an Elk Valley-OKC Streetcar commemorative glass offered. A portion of ticket sales will go to The Homeless Alliance. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at okctours.com.
The holiday celebrations continue on Dec. 15 at the Downtown Transit Center (420 NW Fifth St.) where EMBARK will host a Holly Jolly Holiday Party from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can visit with Santa and other holiday characters, make a craft, write a letter to Santa and other activities.