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Letter: Tulsa needs passenger rail

Letter: Tulsa needs passenger rail

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Imagine getting on a train in Tulsa and arriving in Oklahoma City in less than two hours.

Or, think about going to Kansas City from Tulsa in less than three hours or travelling by train anywhere in America in less time and money than by car.

Imagine having another mode of transportation in Tulsa that brings in hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists every day. And, Tulsa residents would ride the train to get to and from work.

Plus, more factories and businesses will come here, and Tulsa would grow quickly. Our economy would boom.

This has been my dream since I was a kid. It can be a reality with long-distance passenger rail in Tulsa. We need this.

It doesn't matter if it is high-speed rail or not, both can help Tulsa greatly. It would be nice to add a commuter train or streetcar around the city.

But, we need long-distance service in Tulsa more than anything, particularly between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Passenger rail can reduce government spending on roads and highways by 25% to 50%. It costs less than the amount saved from fixing roads.

Trains can run in almost any weather and reduce vehicle accidents. Passengers can work on their laptops while travelling or just take in beautiful scenery.

It costs less than airline flights, which restrict items.

Contact Gov. Kevin Stitt, the Oklahoma congressional delegation and state lawmakers to back passenger rail in Tulsa.

Also, follow the Facebook page titled Passenger Rail Oklahoma to fight for this mode of travel in our state.

Letters to the editor are encouraged. Send letters to tulsaworld.com/opinion/submitletter.


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