ODOT Seeks RFQ on Heartland Flyer

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has issued a request for qualifications for providers interested in operating the Heartland Flyer.

The train is currently operated by Amtrak with funding from the states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Heartland FlyerODOT and the Texas Department of Transportation are seeking to gauge the interest of companies that could provide train crews, rolling stock, train maintenance, on-board food and beverage, ticketing, and support personnel.

Issuance of the RFQ doesn’t necessarily mean the departments will proceed with a request for proposals, however. Responses to the RFQ are due by June 22.

The Heartland Flyer began operating in June 1999 between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, with funding part provided by Oklahoma.

Texas began helping to fund the train, which connect in Fort Worth with the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle in 2006.

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