OKLAHOMA CITY —
The Kansas state officials and the municipality of Wichita have been seeking federal money to extend the Heartland Flyer north out of Oklahoma City. That line is still in the planning phase, backed by about $12.7 million in grants.
Oklahoma officials are considering two possible routes: north through Wichita or northeast through Tulsa. A private study group in Tulsa this year said it is examining the possibility of private passenger trains on the northeast route through their city.
Arias said there have been no efforts to schedule Eastern Flyer routes with the Heartland Flyer departures; the two operations have no working relationship, she said.
She also said Iowa Pacific and Stillwater Central are heavily promoting the offerings via multiple media, including online social networking and traditional radio.
Packages and fares start at $70 per adult and $64 per child and are available online at easternflyer.com or calling (877) 726-7245. Tickets went on sale Monday.
Chicago-based Iowa Pacific is an independently-owned operator of first-class passenger service on both the Amtrak scheduled network and on several non-Amtrak routes. Iowa Pacific’s nationwide group of passenger train services is branded as the Premier Rail Collection.
Stillwater Central has operated the Eastern Flyer route for more than a decade, investing over $16 million in improvements to the State-owned line. A subsidiary of Watco Cos. LLC, Stillwater Central provides freight service to more than 20 customers, handling more than 29,000 annual carloads.
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