Move to Sell Rail Line Could Hurt Effort to Return Passenger Trains to Eastern Oklahoma

Mar 5, 2013

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A move contemplated by the State Department of Transportation could kill efforts to return passenger rail to eastern Oklahoma. Rick Westcott, Chair of Tulsa’s Rail Advisory Committee, calls ODOT’s proposed sale of the Sooner Sub line from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City ‘almost the worst news possible’.

The state owns the 97 mile long line, but a freight hauling company is interested in buying it and Westcott believes that would greatly diminish chances of returning passenger rail service to Tulsa.

He urges Oklahomans interested in bringing back passenger trains to contact their representatives and ask them to oppose the rail line sale.