Oklahoma City council approves $23 million streetcar contract

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OKLAHOMA CITY – City leaders voted to move ahead with Oklahoma City’s streetcar project, approving a nearly $23 million contract with INEKON Group.

The streetcars are one of the more controversial parts of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 project.

In phase one of the project, tracks would cover a 4.5-mile loop downtown.

The money will provide for the design, construction and purchase of five streetcars. The contract also provides for training, spare parts and maintenance.

City Council approved the contract by a 7-1 vote.

First ward councilman James Greiner voted against the contract saying the streetcars are not a good use of public money.

Councilwoman Meg Salyer was absent.