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Oklahoma City Streetcar ridership improving this spring

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Streetcar system managers say enhanced pavement markings have reduced instances of parked cars blocking the tracks. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]
Streetcar system managers say enhanced pavement markings have reduced instances of parked cars blocking the tracks. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]

Streetcar ridership has improved with the arrival of spring weather.

Oklahoma City Streetcar counted 3,943 trips on March 16 and 3,475 trips on April 27, making those two of the four busiest days of the year so far.

Both were Saturdays; March 16 was St. Patrick's Day weekend and April 27 was the weekend of the Memorial Marathon and Festival of the Arts.

Records since Jan. 1 show Saturday generally is the downtown streetcar's busiest day.

Overall ridership dipped from 33,240 trips in March to 29,660 in April.

But those figures compare to 20,528 in February, and represent a roughly 50% gain in overall ridership as winter gave way to spring.

The streetcar system is seeing 97% fare payment compliance, Jesse Rush, streetcar operations manager for Embark transit, told Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority trustees last week.

Rides are $1, with a day pass available for $3.

Rush said on-time performance was improving with installation of equipment giving streetcars priority at traffic lights.

More traffic signals will be upgraded this month, he said.

The streetcar system has two loops. The main line operates daily between Midtown and Bricktown. A shorter Bricktown loop supplements service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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