BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) delivered the first vehicle in an order for seven of its off-wire capable Liberty Streetcars to the City of Oklahoma City this week, making Oklahoma City the third American city to receive BROOKVILLE’s signature U.S. designed and manufactured modern streetcar vehicle since 2015.
The first vehicle will soon undergo on-site testing, along with six additional Liberty Streetcars, which will be shipped to Oklahoma City in the coming weeks and months, ahead of the new streetcar route’s planned revenue service start later in 2018.
The Oklahoma City Liberty Streetcars are being delivered as part of a $33.7 million contract, which includes the design, engineering, and manufacturing of the vehicles, in addition to spare parts, training, and service and warranty support.
The Liberty Streetcars will ultimately operate in downtown Oklahoma City along a 2-mile east-west loop and a 4.9-mile north-south loop as part of the City’s MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar Program.
The BROOKVILLE Liberty Streetcars, which are being designed and manufactured at BROOKVILLE’s Pennsylvania-based campus, measure 66 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and include 70 percent low-floor area with 100 percent curb-level boarding for passengers. The Oklahoma City Liberty Streetcars offer seating for up to 30 passengers and the capacity to comfortably transport up to 100 passengers. Notably, the Liberty Streetcars feature more than 70 percent American content, meaning they would meet Buy America compliance if the project is awarded Federal funding in the future.
The Liberty Streetcars will be powered by overhead wires on part of Oklahoma City’s routes and will use a lithium-ion battery onboard energy storage system (OESS) for the balance of the routes.
BROOKVILLE previously delivered four off-wire capable Liberty Streetcars to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and six vehicles to QLINE Detroit from 2015 through 2017, making the first Oklahoma City Streetcar the eleventh Liberty Streetcar vehicle shipment. In addition to its order of seven vehicles for Oklahoma City, BROOKVILLE is currently manufacturing Liberty Streetcars for the City of Milwaukee and in 2017 secured orders for Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar and Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link Extension.
The Oklahoma City Streetcar is funded by Oklahoma City’s voter-approved MAPS 3 initiative, which is a $777-million capital improvements program, using a one-cent, limited-term sales tax.
ABOUT BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION – STREETCAR DIVISION
Headquartered in Brookville, Pa., in the scenic foothills of the Allegheny forests, Brookville Equipment Corporation is a world class American manufacturer of innovative powered transportation solutions for the mining/tunneling, rail freight and passenger transportation industries. BROOKVILLE contributed to the first American manufactured streetcars since the 1950s in 2001 and has modernized, manufactured and remanufactured PCC and heritage streetcars and trolleys for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Building upon the company’s 95 years of rail-mounted vehicle manufacturing experience and over a decade of streetcar manufacturing, BROOKVILLE introduced the innovative Liberty Streetcar design in 2012, with the pilot order delivered to Dallas, Texas in 2015. Later in 2015, the Liberty Streetcar onboard energy storage system (OESS) was honored with the LRTA’s Global Light Rail Award for ‘Technical Innovation of the Year.’ Additional Liberty Streetcars have been ordered by QLINE Detroit, the City of Oklahoma City, the City of Milwaukee, Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar, and Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link Extension.