About Rail in Oklahoma
The Heartland Flyer brought rail passenger service back to Oklahoma in 1999.
Want to know more about ODOT? Check out these little-known facts
Q: How many miles of rail line does ODOT oversee for the state?
A: As recently as 2008, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation held title to 882 miles of railroad track. The state had the foresight to acquire rail lines that were going to be abandoned from the late 1970s through the 1990s. Legislative intent was that the lines could be preserved and returned to private ownership one day. The department has returned about 650 miles of railroad to private-sector interests, leaving just more than 200 miles of track under state ownership. The most recent railroad sale was the Sooner-Sub line running between Sapulpa and Midwest City. To learn more about the sale of the Sooner-Sub line, go to http://www.odot.org/SoonerSub/.
Q: How many tons of freight travel through Oklahoma each year by rail?
A: An estimated 274 million tons of freight are carried through the state annually with many rail lines carrying 50-100 trains each day. Rail experts predict significant growth with the number of trains traveling some corridors expected to double in the next 20 years.
Q: When did passenger rail service return to Oklahoma?
A: The Heartland Flyer returned passenger rail service to Oklahoma on June 14, 1999, about 10 years after the Oklahoma Senate adopted a concurrent resolution expressing support for rail service in the state. The Heartland Flyer provides daily passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. In 2010, it was the nation’s first interstate passenger train to run on biodiesel, which Time magazine named as one the 50 best innovations that year. To learn more about the Heartland Flyer, go to http://heartlandflyer.com/.
Q: How many railroad companies operate in Oklahoma?
A: Railroad companies are classified by revenue amounts. There are three Class I railroad companies operating in Oklahoma that have revenues greater than $433.2 million. Those companies are BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railway. Oklahoma also has 20 Class III railroad companies operating on various lines across the state. Class III companies are classified as those with revenues below $37.4 million.
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Last Modified on 05/22/2015
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