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Oklahoma City transit agency Embark late last week awarded a $17.3 million contract to Herzog Transit Services Inc. for the startup, operation and maintenance of the seven-vehicle Oklahoma City Streetcar system, which is slated to open in late 2018.The six-year agreement will provide turnkey operations, vehicle and facility maintenance for the future streetcar system, Embark officials said in a press release. Herzog will be responsible for scheduling, training and maintenance of the system's 4.8 miles of revenue track, less than a mile of nonrevenue track and all streetcar-related assets.Herzog operates 13 other passenger-rail systems in the United States, including the Kansas City streetcar that began operations in mid-2016."Herzog's extensive passenger-rail experience contributed to their selection," said Jason Ferbrache, Embark administrator. "Their partnership brings the expertise needed to introduce urban rail service to Oklahoma City."In November 2016, the Oklahoma City Council selected a Herzog/Stacy and Witbeck Inc. joint venture to install rail for the streetcar system. In March 2016, the council approved a $24.9 million contract to buy five streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corp.
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