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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Inaugural Eastern Flyer to run the rails in Oklahoma

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  • After a year- long task force to gauge interest and viability, the first trip of the Eastern Flyer passenger rail service is now scheduled for February 9th, followed by additional trips on Feb. 15 and 23, 2014. The Eastern Flyer will make its inaugural run in the direction of Tulsa to Sapulpa and back.
     
    “Transportation options in Oklahoma are limited and that reality now plagues those commuting from the suburbs into our two largest cities. We’ve been patching a broken transportation model trying to keep arteries open but other cities about our size that are experiencing similar growth are having to reassess the one size fits all mentality and so will we.”, said state Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC), author of the Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail Initiative Task Force legislation.
     
    “I am told that the carrier for the February runs will be the Iowa Pacific hosted by the Stillwater Central Railroad and it will run between Midwest City and Sapulpa. This may seem like a small step but it is a giant leap for Oklahomans who have fought hard to see rail service return and for other mass transportation options to become a reality.”
     
    The director of the Texas Department of Transportation said in an interview last week that he has taken a hammer to the Texas transportation model. Much like Oklahoma City, Austin, Texas is quickly outgrowing its infrastructure and now commuters and visitors face a daily grid lock unprecedented in the city’s history. The goal there is to move more people in fewer trips.
     
    Passengers sampling the Eastern Flyer experience, arriving in OKC, will have the option of boarding motorcoaches from the train stop to Bricktown, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or, on selected dates, a Thunder game.
     
    If you would like to book a ticket on the Eastern Flyer, or learn more information about its services, please call (877) 726-7245. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 23, 2013.
     
    “I think that once travelers catch on to the benefits of being able to enjoy the ride to get to work or events or just to visit friends and family, all the while able to use electronic devices, transportation options will increase.” concluded Rep. Morrissette.
     
    To book a ticket on the Eastern Flyer, or learn more information about its services, please call (877) 726-7245. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 23, 2013.
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