December 2018, Vol. 5 Issue 12
A Cause for Celebration: OKC Streetcar Begins Service
Photos courtesy OKC Streetcar Initiative on Facebook
Streetcar 411

Fare: Rides are free until January 5. After that, it's $1 per ride or $3 for a daily pass. Monthly and yearly passes are also available.

Service: The streetcar has two route options: the 4.8 mile ‘Downtown Loop’ and the 2 mile ‘Bricktown Loop.' The Bricktown Loop only operates on Fridays and Saturdays. View the route map .

Safety: The streetcars are operated by drivers, travel in the same traffic lane as cars and make frequent, brief stops. Watch EMBARK’s humorous safety campaign to illustrate how to bike, walk, drive and park around the new streetcar system.

For more information about the OKC Streetcar, including fares, routes and special events visit
OKC Streetcar Delivers Prosperity
After more than a decade of discussion, planning, design and construction, the OKC Streetcar began service December 14 with a huge celebration and large crowd cheering the momentous occasion. More than 20,000 trips were taken on the streetcar in its inaugural weekend, many by people who said they don’t typically visit downtown or had no idea there were so many restaurants and businesses along the routes.

The timing of the launch was right in many ways. Oklahoma City is ready for more public transportation options, both to alleviate traffic congestion and parking demand and to satisfy an increased demand for public transit. There is an increasing desire for walkability in downtown and among the city’s districts. Coincidentally, the ribbon cutting took place on the 25th Anniversary of the day of the vote on the original MAPS program - a reminder of how far our city has come and our success in making historic and visionary changes. Read more
Downtown OKC is decked in merry colors and bright lights for the holidays! View the list of events.
OKC honored as "America's Most Livable Community"
Oklahoma City was recently named one of “America’s Most Livable Community Award,” presented by Partners for Livable Communities, a Washington-based nonprofit.

Partners announced the honor as part of the “Celebrating Champions of Livability” national awards program, which recognizes 23 individuals, five organizations and two communities for their role in shaping a more livable, sustainable and equitable America.   Read more.
From Cathy O'Connor, Alliance President
For nearly six decades, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has been working with city planners, private developers and residents to revitalize Oklahoma City. OCURA’s recent annual report highlights some of the most visible transformations in the Core to Shore Project Area.

The Omni Oklahoma City Hotel recently broke ground on its 605-room, AAA Four-Diamond hotel adjacent to the new OKC Convention Center. OCURA acquired the land, helped to facilitate private and public participation and coordinated the design review. The hotel will offer luxury amenities for guests and several restaurants that are accessible to park patrons and the public.

Several new hotels in or near the Core to Shore area have added room inventory to accommodate the expected increase in visitors. Two hotels in Bricktown, the AC Hotel by Marriott and Hyatt Place, were built on OCURA-purchased land that had been underutilized. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is under construction west of Shields Boulevard near SW Fifth Street. These projects combined will add more than 400 hotel rooms.

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