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Events to Mark 20th Anniversary of Heartland Flyer

June 3, 2019

A ceremony is scheduled for June 14 in Oklahoma City to mark the 20th anniversary of Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer.

Another ceremony will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, after the arrival of the train there.

A rally is also planned for Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Expected to attend the ceremonies will be rail passenger advocates and others who helped push for the institution of the route in 1999.

A commemorative tee shirt will be available for sale to mark the anniversary.

The Heartland Flyer in part serves the route used by Amtrak’s Chicago-Houston Lone Star before it was discontinued in early October 1979 as part of a massive route restructuring.

OKC-South Texas Rail Found Feasible by Study

November 9, 2017

A study has determined that a passenger-rail route between Oklahoma City and South Texas would be feasible.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced the results of the study this week, saying that the finding will pave the way for continued analysis of the proposal, including an environmental study to determine the route and environmental impacts before construction could begin.

The study also looked at the prospect of 220 mph passenger-rail between Dallas and San Antonio, finding it also would be feasible.

TxDOT said that the study found feasible passenger-rail service between San Antonio, Laredo and Monterrey, Mexico; and also studied 125 mph service between San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley and improved Amtrak service between Dallas and Oklahoma City.

“At this point a private developer could step forward to determine future possibilities,” TxDOT officials said in a statement.

The $7 million Texas-Oklahoma passenger-rail study was federally funded and broke the 850-mile corridor broken into three segments: Oklahoma City to Dallas-Fort Worth; Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio; and San Antonio to South Texas.