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The Oklahoma City Council last week approved a $24.9 million contract to buy five streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corp. for the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar system.
The agreement also includes an option to buy a sixth vehicle, city officials said in a press release. The electric streetcar vehicles will be powered by overhead wires and batteries. The system's rails are flush with the street, and passengers will be able to board on accessible platforms and stations along the route, city officials said.Last week's contract is based on Brookville's second-place proposal in last year's competitive proposal process. The council initially approved negotiations with the proposal process winner but moved on to Brockville after the winner missed contract deadlines.The $132 million MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar system will link downtown Oklahoma City, Bricktown, Midtown, Automobile Alley and other areas in the city's urban core. Rail construction is expected to begin late this year.
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