The Edmond Sun

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June 15, 2012

Heartland Flyer celebrates 13th anniversary

EDMOND — To celebrate 13 years of passenger rail, this Saturday at the Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City, volunteers will provide complimentary coffee, bottled water, donuts and souvenir badges to passengers departing at 8:25 a.m.   

The Heartland Flyer made its inaugural run on June 14, 1999, reinstating passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth after a 20-year hiatus. Thirteen years later the train proves to be a popular travel option.

In all, more than 880,000 passengers have used the Heartland Flyer. Most recently, the train has witnessed an eight-month stretch of record-setting monthly ridership since October 2011.

Amtrak operates the Heartland Flyer under state-funded contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation to provide daily service, with regularly scheduled stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore and in Gainesville, Texas.

The Heartland Flyer rates No. 1 in customer satisfaction among Amtrak’s network of trains.   

Rail travelers can purchase an adult train ticket for about $50 round trip.

Passengers can now make reservations at www.amtrak.com and print their electronic tickets from home or the office through Amtrak’s eTicketing service. The eTicketing program provides passengers increased flexibility when making or changing reservations and eliminates the need to obtain traditional paper tickets. Passengers have the ability to print their eTickets themselves.

Reservations also can be made by calling Amtrak’s reservation center at 800-USA-RAIL.

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