Heartland Flyer ridership rises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Ridership on Amtrak's Heartland Flyer passenger train is up again.

Final figures for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 shows that ridership rose by more than 18 percent to total 80,892 passengers.

Amtrak operates the Heartland Flyer between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, under contracts with the Oklahoma and Texas Departments of Transportation.

ODOT's Director of Engineering David Streb says the Heartland Flyer is one of the nation's fastest growing lines. Streb says it also has the best customer satisfaction rating of any line.

Transportation officials say all Amtrak trains saw increases in ridership last year. The 28.7 million total topped the 25.8 million riders for the previous 12 months by 11.1 percent.

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