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    I know we have the generic "Oklahoma Passenger Rail Updates" thread but I figured we should have a thread specific to the current Heartland Flyer service. Pete/Martin, if you guys disagree, please merge this thread in with the Oklahoma Passenger Rail Updates thread.

    Now then, with that out of the way:

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of service for the Heartland Flyer, and ODOT and Amtrak are marking the occasion with a celebration! There will be a ceremony to mark the date on Friday at Santa Fe Station, beginning at 7:45am and continuing until the Heartland Flyer departs for Fort Worth at 8:25am. Guest speakers include Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz, OKC City Manager Craig Freeman, and Amtrak Senior Manager Todd Stennis - as well as Katie Moore, who submitted the winning name for the service in 1999. A new logo for the service will be unveiled as well! Amtrak is also celebrating by offering a fare sale for the Heartland Flyer - 20% off all fares through the end of August, as long as the travel is booked at least 3 days in advance. Limited-edition commemorative merchandise is also available, including an embroidered polo, an insulated stainless steel tumbler, and a lapel pin, all emblazoned with the new logo.

    For more information, please see the Heartland Flyer website at http://heartlandflyer.com/heartland-flyer-celebration/.
    For more information about the Heartland Flyer's fare sale, or to book tickets, visit https://www.amtrak.com/promotions/he...th-anniversary.

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    I found ODOT's press release on the celebration: https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/ne...ticle_id=51657

    Amtrak Heartland Flyer celebrates 20 years on track in Oklahoma and Texas

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 11, 2019
    PR# 19-020


    In 1999, passenger rail made a triumphant return to the Sooner State as the Amtrak Heartland Flyer hit the rails between Oklahoma and Texas. Now the train is readying for its 20th anniversary on June 14 with celebrations and a summer of savings for passengers.

    The daily service by Amtrak has carried more than 1.4 million passengers between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth during the past two decades. The line was initiated thanks to federal funds received by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to start Amtrak service. ODOT and the Texas Department of Transportation contribute funds annually to continue the daily operations. The Heartland Flyer connects to the Texas Eagle train in Fort Worth, which provides service to major cities including Dallas, Little Rock, St. Louis or Austin and San Antonio.

    “The Heartland Flyer continues to be a major transportation solution for connecting Oklahoma to rail options nationwide,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz said. “We appreciate the support of Oklahomans and Texans for this line and look forward to opportunities to keep it growing in the future.”

    As part of the 20th anniversary celebration this Friday, June 14, the Heartland Flyer will get a special send-off at 7:45 a.m. from the Santa Fe Depot and the Paul Adams Memorial Platform in Oklahoma City. Invited guests include Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz, Oklahoma City Manager Craig Freeman and Amtrak Senior Manager Todd Stennis. Participating with her family will be Katie Moore of Oklahoma City, who suggested the name for the train when she was 11-years old in 1999.

    Other anniversary celebrations this summer include:

    • Amtrak is offering a 20% discount off Heartland Flyer tickets from now until August 31, but tickets must be purchased three days in advance. Passengers can book their tickets online at https://www.amtrak.com/heartland-flyer-20th-anniversary or by phone at 800-872-7245.
    • ODOT will be giving away Heartland Flyer tickets on social media in celebration, so be sure to like and share.
    • Limited edition Heartland Flyer 20th anniversary pins and shirts are available for purchase through Amtrak from June 10 to June 24 at https://amtrak.bnr.corpmerchandise.com/june2019
    • The Flyer has partnered with the Oklahoma City Dodgers to bring you this news during games and over the radio.
    • A National Park Service “Trails and Rails” Volunteer rides every Friday through Sunday train now until Sep. 2. The guides meet people from around the world as they travel by rail and share the beauty and history of the regional and its national parks.


    The Amtrak Heartland Flyer, Trains 821 & 822, provides daily service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth with stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, Oklahoma and Gainesville, Texas. Adult fares for the full route range from $31-52 each way. Pets and bicycles are welcome, but space is limited so reserve your tickets in advance.

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    Juts curious to know, if anyone here has taken this route from OKC to Ft Worth? Thought it might be something fun/different to jump on and ride down to Ft Worth for the weekend with the kids. Any idea on how long of a trip this would typically be, with all the stops mentioned above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    Juts curious to know, if anyone here has taken this route from OKC to Ft Worth? Thought it might be something fun/different to jump on and ride down to Ft Worth for the weekend with the kids. Any idea on how long of a trip this would typically be, with all the stops mentioned above?
    https://www.amtrak.com/heartland-flyer-train

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    The wife, daughter and I took the trip down and we enjoyed it. Nice easy ride. walked around downtown Fort Worth area, had a nice dinner, spent the night and went to the stockyards the next day, and then rode the flyer back that evening. It was a good 4+ hour trip both ways but it was just nice to go do something different that's not too far away and not be rushed.

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    I've taken it a bunch of times. It's around 4-4.5 hours if I remember right. Drops you off within a few blocks of Sundance Square. There's plenty to do in the area. You can even jump on the TRE to head over to Dallas from the station if you so choose. Yes, this would be a fun trip with your kids.

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    It's a great, cheap round trip ($31 last time I looked not long ago). Plus, for $12 you can take the TRE train from the same station the Flyer drops you off at to Union Station in downtown Dallas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    It's a great, cheap round trip ($31 last time I looked not long ago). Plus, for $12 you can take the TRE train from the same station the Flyer drops you off at to Union Station in downtown Dallas.
    You can get a regional pass and travel on the TRE, DART, A-Train, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    Juts curious to know, if anyone here has taken this route from OKC to Ft Worth? Thought it might be something fun/different to jump on and ride down to Ft Worth for the weekend with the kids. Any idea on how long of a trip this would typically be, with all the stops mentioned above?
    Oh yeah, several times. The trip usually takes just about 4 hours and is really relaxing and enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankrutka View Post
    You can get a regional pass and travel on the TRE, DART, A-Train, etc.
    That $12 was the regional day pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    Juts curious to know, if anyone here has taken this route from OKC to Ft Worth? Thought it might be something fun/different to jump on and ride down to Ft Worth for the weekend with the kids. Any idea on how long of a trip this would typically be, with all the stops mentioned above?
    I actually used to take it for work if I had to make a last minute trip to Dallas/Fort Worth and flights were outrageous by the time I was booking the trip. I've also taken it to OU/TX. It's a fun trip. With all the construction on I-35W, the 4 hour trip isn't all that much longer than driving and it is 100X more relaxing than sitting in traffic.

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