Local & Regional
9:30 am
Sun July 12, 2009

Express Rail

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma begins high-speed rail effort

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma transportation officials have taken an initial step to apply for high-speed rail funding that could return passenger service to Tulsa.

Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, says top speeds between Tulsa and Oklahoma City would be more than 150 mph with an average speed of more than 110 mph.

Top speeds for the Heartland Flyer, which provides service from Oklahoma City to Firt Worth, Texas, would be 90 mph, with an average of more than 60 mph. The Heartland Flyer now can travel only up to 79 mph, but the speed is lower on much of that route.

A cost estimate for the project, which would include improvements from Tulsa to the Texas state line, has been put at just under $2 billion.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com