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New, free wheels hitting the streets downtown

METRO transit bus

METRO transit Downtown Discovery

OKLAHOMA CITY – Downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown will soon see some new wheels on the streets. 

METRO Transit said the Downtown Discovery buses will hit streets this month in place of the Downtown Spirit Trolleys and will be free for riders. 

“We loved the nostalgic look of the trolleys but they have reached the end of their economic useful life and are no longer manufactured,” Erick Zaage said, fleet manager at METRO Transit. “Because of the height of the trolleys, they required passengers to climb stairs or use wheelchair lifts that presented maintenance issues.”

The Downtown Spirit Trolleys are now 13 years old.

In their place, METRO Transit will roll out six new, 30-foot buses that are much more passenger-friendly.

The buses are lower to the ground, feature a wheelchair ramp instead of a lift, have padded seats, bike racks and enhanced air conditioning.

The new buses also feature a state-of-the-art emission system which meets 2013 EPA mandates.

The Downtown Discovery destinations:

  • Central business district
  • Bricktown
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
  • Arts district
  • Downtown transit center
  • Boat house district April – December

To learn more about METRO Transit and view bus schedules and routes, visit gometro.org or call (405) 235-RIDE (7433) for personal assistance from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To learn more about carpooling or to be matched with someone in your area, visit www.getaroundok.com.