The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 6, 2013

Wichita passenger rail backers eye Oklahoma plan

From The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — As Wichita attempts to lure passenger rail to the city, a group in Tulsa, Okla., is doing the same. But Tulsa officials say the efforts aren't in competition.

Currently, the Heartland Flyer travels from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City. Some want to see that train continue northward, taking it to Wichita, Newton and possibly on to Kansas City, Mo.

The concern for Wichita rail boosters is that an Amtrak route that included Tulsa would skirt Wichita.

The Tulsa group exploring train service is backing a privately operated passenger train.

Former Tulsa Councilman Rick Westcott says there's no reason why the Heartland Flyer line couldn't be extended to Wichita, while a separate private train makes trips from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.


AP Source and bigger story: Wichita Eagle

More sources: Northern Flyer Alliance