The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are seeking public input on proposed intercity rail services between Oklahoma City and South Texas.
The Interstate 35 corridor currently has Amtrak service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth (Heartland Flyer), Fort Worth and San Antonio (Texas Eagle) and in San Antonio on the Sunset Limited route between Los Angeles and New Orleans. The FRA and TxDOT said more than 10 million people live along the 850-mile stretch of the corridor, and the corridor is expected to grow by 39 percent in Texas and 25 percent in Oklahoma City by 2035.
“This corridor is home to major financial, energy, and education centers that people rely on every day,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a release. “Providing efficient, more reliable, and faster higher-speed passenger rail options to move between cities is crucial for the economy and the population to thrive. I encourage those along the I-35 corridor to participate in the comment and public hearing opportunities so that they are able to learn more and share their input.”