All aboard the OKC Streetcar
The OKC Streetcar is a great way to traverse downtown’s amazing districts without having to make multiple stops in a parking garage or risk getting a parking ticket.
The modern streetcar system was approved by voters in 2009 as part of the MAPS 3 package and began service in December 2018. There are two “loops” or streetcar routes. The main Downtown Loop, or “D Line,” is 4.86 miles long and services all 22 stops and carries passengers through five downtown districts. The Bricktown Loop (“B Line”) is 2.04 miles long and services the southern portion of the route.
You can buy a single-ride ticket for $1 or a 24-hour pass for $3. There are also 30 day annual passes available. You can find the streetcar schedule here. Downloading the OKC Streetcar app is the easiest way to buy tickets and see a real-time map of where the streetcars are.
EMBARK, the entity that oversees the OKC Streetcar, has taken the COVID-19 extremely seriously. Streetcars are disinfected daily and more often as needed. Ticket kiosks and benches are also disinfected regularly.
A quick insider tip: EMBARK launched a program to allow two adults to ride the streetcar for free when they show their EMBARK parking garage ticket.
But which garages does EMBARK own? They’re at the Century Center, 100 W. Main, the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Sheridan/Walker at 501 W. Sheridan and in the Arts District, 431 W. Main (it’s multi-colored). There’s another garage under construction near the new Oklahoma City Convention Center and Omni Hotel. It will be wrapped in a giant piece of art.
There are streetcar stops near all of these garages, so it’s easy to park then hop on the air-conditioned streetcar to get to your destination. And you’ll limit your contact with humans and machines by only paying one time.
To read more about parking and riding the streetcar in downtown, check out this story from VeloCity.