The Oklahoma legislature has apparently funded a transportation study of passenger train service between Tulsa and Springfield, Mo.
It is, indeed a rather odd idea to attempt connecting to completely isolated “dots” on the map. Neither city has Amtrak service, and therefore no connections. It might make sense to connect Tulsa to Oklahoma City, or Oklahoma City to St. Louis or Chicago through Tulsa. I am ignorant of track conditions along this proposed route, but it is probably a difficult situation.
NewsOK.com has the report.
Senator says rail service idea will derail
Legislation calling for a feasibility study on passenger rail service from Tulsa to Springfield, Mo., became effective Friday, but its Senate author already believes the rail line would be financially infeasible.
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Senate Joint Resolution 14 by Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, and Rep. Dennis Adkins, R-Tulsa, urges the U.S. Department of Transportation to examine the possibility of passenger train service between Tulsa and Springfield.
The resolution was among a handful of bills passed by the Legislature last session that became effective Friday.
“I think it’s a dead horse,” Brown said of the issue.
A passenger train between Tulsa and Springfield would have to be subsidized, and he doubts that can happen, Brown said.
“I would love it personally,” he said of a passenger line between Tulsa and Springfield.
Brown also would like to have an Amtrak service from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, he said.
National passenger rail service to Tulsa ended in the 1980s, according to the resolution.
It said Tulsa is the fifth largest metropolitan region in the United States without Amtrak service.
The Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas, passenger train service has been in operation for several years.
Springfield is an excellent potential market for Amtrak, perhaps between Memphis and Kansas City? It’s right next door to Branson.