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Oklahoma looking to replace Amtrak

Posted by Bob Sands

  A request for information has gone out from the Texas Department of Transportation seeking interested parties to make an offer on taking over operations of the Heartland Flyer.

  The request specifically lists Oklahoma and Texas transportation agencies as seeking the information on companies that can run the trains more efficiently, safely and at a lower cost.

  The yearly subsidy both states pay Amtrak recently increased and is expected to continue doing so over the next several years.

  A new operator could mean the number of passenger trains operating between Oklahoma City and Ft. Worth could increase.  Currently there is only one round trip per day.

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