Streetcar projects flourish as cities seek to attract businesses, millennials

By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor, Progressive Railroading Magazine; September 2018

When Oklahoma City opens its OKC Streetcar service later this year, the city will join dozens of other U.S. municipalities that have built similar modern starter systems over the past two decades. And like leaders in those other cities, Oklahoma City officials are hoping the new system will encourage more Oklahomans to step out of their cars to frequent businesses, entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and other establishments in the downtown.

“We have a vast audience that we are looking at in terms of ridership that’s very diverse,” says Michael Scroggins, public information officer for Embark, the city’s transit agency.

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