Oklahoma Passenger Service Poised to Launch

Private passenger service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., is expected to begin in May or early summer.

The train, a venture of Watco, which owns the tracks, and Iowa Pacific Holdings, which is providing the equipment and on-board service, has been named the Eastern Flyer.

Matt Abbey, project manager for the service, said that Watco continues to make track improvements and the Federal Railroad Administration must approve the service.

Shuttles from pickup points in Tulsa will take passengers to a station in Sapulpa, Okla., where passenger will then board the train for Midwest City, Okla. Shuttles will then take passengers to various points in Oklahoma City.

The train will also make a number of intermediate stops.

Fares will start at $20 and downtown-to-downtown service will take about three hours. Food and beverage service along with wireless Internet access will be provided aboard the train.

“It’s important to us that this is done well and thoroughly,” Abbey said.

Sometime soon there will be a website and mobile-phone platforms up and running for passengers to check on train times and purchase tickets.

Watco and Iowa Pacific offered demonstration pass trains on the Stillwater Central between Sapulpa and Midwest City in February 2014.

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