Do Oklahomans Want Rail Service Between Oklahoma City And Tulsa?

Aug 14, 2013

Supporters of passenger rail service connecting Oklahoma City and Tulsa say they want the service and want it soon — even if it's not high speed.

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They spoke at a meeting in Tulsa hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as part of an environmental study to determine the viability of passenger rail service connecting the state's two largest cities — be it high-speed rail or slower, traditional train service.

The Tulsa World reports that some in Tuesday night's crowd argue that the study is a formality to justify selling state-owned rail lines because high-speed rail is not feasible.

ODOT director of engineering David Streb acknowledged that ODOT doesn't really want in the rail business — but said it could be if enough potential passengers make it cost effective.