Oklahoma City, OK — Brookville Replaces Inekon
After all signs pointed to awarding Oklahoma City's contract to supply modern streetcars to the Czech company Inekon, the decision was reversed and now Brookville Equipment, of Brookville, PA has signed a contract to build the city's cars.
The newsOK site reported that the city council had voted to award the contract to Inekon last year but turned to Brookville, which finished second in the evaluation of manufacturers, after Inekon could not produce financial guarantees required by the bid specification.
The Brookville contract calls for the manufacturer to supply five Liberty low floor cars for $24.9 million with the first to arrive in October, 2017 and the rest between February and May, 2018. The city hopes to start streetcar service in mid-2018. The City has already exercised an option for a sixth car to arrive about the time service begins. The sixth car is required as the city council voted to revise the route to serve the planned convention center complex.
As wtih Brookville's initial delivery of the Liberty model to Dallas, Oklahoma City plans to operate the cars on batteries, off-wire, through parts of downtown.
According to the kfor.com site, the additional route loops down Robinson across on S.W. 3rd and up Hudson adding about one-third of a mile.
The revised plan adds a second streetcar line serving Bricktown directly, without connecting to Midtown.
The revised system is estimated to cost $131 million.