Texas is the best (in AMTRAK ridership increases in the central U.S.)!

How would you like to travel from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City in just over four hours–all while getting some work done or putting your feet up for an early start to your vacation? Then hop aboard the Heartland Flyer!

You’ll be in very good company: this route has had the largest ridership increases in the entire central U.S.! Whether it’s avoiding the hassle of airports or the highway, rail’s popularity is increasing. Taking the train reduces roadway congestion and has a lower impact on air quality than driving or flying.

Straight from AMTRAK’s press release:

Leading the ridership increase in the Midwest during the first half of FY 2012 vs. the same period in FY 2011 is the Chicago-St. Louis corridor served by Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle, with a combined ridership gain of 10 percent. The highest percentage hike in  the Central U.S. is a 10.6 percent increase in ridership on the Heartland Flyer (Oklahoma City – Fort Worth.) Both routes are the subject of new technology deployments, with demonstrations of  110 mph Lincoln Service trains planned for this fall and a new train control system installed on the Heartland Flyer.

Here’s the Heartland Flyer pulling the 40th anniversary AMTRAK car last year:

Kari Banta, Transportation Associate

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