Welcome to Passenger Rail Texas.
Passenger Rail Texas serves the rail interests of north Texas along the Heartland Flyer and Eastern Flyer corridors. We
do not intend to circumvent the good work of Texas Rail Advocates.
Rather, we intend to amplify north Texas passenger rail interests. Already, our efforts have been fruitful.
UPDATE 9/1/2011 - FRA APPROVES FT WORTH TOWER 55 FUNDING. The Federal Railroad Adminsitration granted the State of Texas $34 million to upgrade Tower 55 infrastructure.
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Just beyond the end of the Oklahoma City - Fort Worth Heartland Flyer route sits Tower 55. Tower 55 is a bottleneck for the Texas Eagle Amtrak passenger train that connects with the Heartland Flyer in Fort Worth. The effect for Oklahomas and north Texans will be a more timely operation in Fort Worth with the Texas Eagle connection.
The Houston - Dallas/Ft Worth funding will provide some momentum for what is essentially a fourth leg of the South Central High Speed Rail Corridor. The other three legs include Ft Worth - OKC - Tulsa, Ft Worth - Little Rock, and Ft Worth - Austin - San Antonio.
A Krum Stop. A proposed Krum, Texas stop would serve the rapidly growing Denton county area. The stop would sit some 8 miles from the city center of Denton. Ridership projections show, that if Krum were added as a stop, the Heartland Flyer, presently operating between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City would attract an additional 10,000 to 14,000 annual riders.
TxDOT - ODOT - KDOT Studies. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) are studying the Fort Worth - Oklahoma City - Tulsa leg of the USDOT designated South Central High Speed Rail Corridor. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is studying the 606 mile Kansas City - Wichita - Oklahoma City - Fort Worth Corridor with the blessings of TxDOT and ODOT.
Flyer Speed Upgrades. In 2009 TxDOT was awarded $4 million to increase speeds between the Red River (Oklahoma border) and Fort Worth to 79-mph. This is expected to cut 15 minutes off of the Heartland Flyer schedule.
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