Oklahoma City –2017 marks the 10th season of ferry service on the Oklahoma River. Starting with just two landings and now serving four, Oklahoma River Cruises services have expanded and so have the destinations along the river.
Ridership is growing and at a faster rate recently; in 2016, there was a 27 percent increase in ferry ridership and a 19 percent increase in chartered cruises over the previous year. All of the specialty cruises, from the Mother’s Day Cruise to the Haunt the River Cruise, sold out last season.
“We expect to see continued growth in the 2017 season as the river adds attractions,” said Jeanne Smith, River Transit Manager. “The Oklahoma River is constantly changing. We’ve seen the development of iconic boathouses and the new $45m Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center. Our riders will see Wheeler District, the urban neighborhood that will surround the Ferris wheel, being developed from the ground up.”
One source of ridership comes from the hotels in the Meridian Corridor, an area that has seen more than $43 million in private development over the past 10 years.
“Our guests are very interested in the river,” says Jayne Wagner, regional director of sales Fairfield Inn and TownPlace Suites by Marriott, located adjacent to Meridian Landing. “They want to see Oklahoma City and experience some of our unique events and attractions. We recommend Oklahoma River Cruises to our groups and they come back with rave reviews – it’s a fun experience that allows them to see a seven-mile stretch of some of Oklahoma City’s newest and fastest growing destinations.”
Regular ferry service is ramping up and specialty cruises are scheduled throughout the spring and summer season. They include:
The Oklahoma River is one of OKC’s most exciting destinations, with its Olympic kayaking, the new Riversport Rapids, Historic Stockyards City, the busy Meridian Corridor, the lushly-landscaped Regatta Park and nearby Bricktown. The Oklahoma River Trails feature three and seven-mile route options. All landings have parking, are ADA accessible, and easy access to public transit and the river cruisers are bicycle-friendly. For a complete schedule of ferry river service, various themed cruises or information about private charters, visit okrivercruises.com or call (405) 702-7755.
About Oklahoma River Cruises
Oklahoma River Cruises is a member of EMBARK’s family of transit services. EMBARK is the business unit of the Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) – a public trust administered by the City of Oklahoma City. EMBARK is responsible for providing safe, efficient and convenient public transportation and downtown parking solutions to the greater Oklahoma City area.
EMBARK is the 2016 North America Outstanding Public Transit System of the Year.
COTPA is celebrating 50 years of leadership in providing public transit and downtown parking services to Oklahoma’s capital city. To learn more about EMBARK or Oklahoma River Cruises visit www.embarkok.com or www.okrivercruises.com.
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