TxDOT and ODOT ask for public opinion on proposed passenger rail

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

More trains could be pulling in and out of Ardmore's station in the future. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation to study a possible passenger rail between the two states.

And the idea has sparked interest with plenty of area residents.

"I was interested in seeing which way the rails were going to go and what the proposals were," said Gary Burris, an Ardmore resident.

ODOT and TxDOT are studying an 850 mile corridor from Oklahoma City to Corpus Christi for the rail. They hope a passenger rail through this area would ease traffic on I-35. Right now the two transporation departments are studying communities, natural resources and existing rail systems in both states.

Greg Moody with ODOT said they want to know what possible riders think.

"We're out working with the public to try and get information, ideas and details about what the public wants for railroad," said Moody.

So far ODOT and TxDOT have visited Oklahoma City and Waco, and during the next month they will make nine more stops in other cities along and near the corridor, including Sherman on April 2nd.

They said the transportation needs of real people could shape this project.

"I could get into Fort Worth and shuttle to the airport," said Burris. "It's transportation, how it can go from getting me to here and there and back."

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