The City of Oklahoma City finalized a $24.9 million contract with Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) on March 22, 2016, for the supply of five Liberty Streetcars to support the City’s MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar program. The American-made, electric streetcars will operate downtown along a 2-mile east-west loop and a 4.9-mile north-south loop.
The BROOKVILLE Liberty Streetcars, which are being designed and manufactured at BROOKVILLE’s Pennsylvania-based campus, will measure 66 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and include 70 percent low-floor area with 100 percent curb-level boarding for passengers. In addition, the vehicles offer seating for 30 passengers, with 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.
Scheduled to begin service in 2018, the all-new streetcar system will connect riders to an array of attractions and destinations in the city’s core along its two loops. The 4.9-mile north-south loop will provide access to the Downtown Transit Center, Automobile Alley, Midtown, St. Anthony Hospital, Bricktown, Chesapeake Energy Arena, and future attractions, including Santa Fe Station, MAPS 3 Convention Center, and MAPS 3 Park. The 2-mile east-west loop will serve Bricktown, Cox Convention Center, Myriad Botanical Gardens, the future MAPS 3 Park, and future development sites.
According to the contract, the first Liberty Streetcar is scheduled to deliver to Oklahoma City in the fourth quarter of 2017, with four successive deliveries taking place in the first half of 2018.
Oklahoma City’s selection of BROOKVILLE will mark the fourth American city to which the Liberty Streetcar will deliver. The first two Liberty Streetcars shipped to the City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in 2015 and currently operate along the 1.6-mile starter line connecting downtown Dallas with the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Since then, DART has exercised an option for two additional vehicles and M1-RAIL in Detroit and the City of Milwaukee have ordered six and four Liberty Streetcars, respectively.
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 M1-RAIL in Detroit and the City of Milwaukee.