Amtrak Heartland Flyer Celebrates 12th Anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY – Communities along the Oklahoma City-Fort Worth route of the state-supported Amtrak Heartland Flyer will celebrate the 12th anniversary of daily passenger rail service on Saturday, June 18.

“This service has exceeded its ridership expectations from the day it started and even in the current economic climate is on a record-setting pace,” said Mike Chandler, who is responsible for the Heartland Flyer service as Amtrak General Superintendent, Southwest Division.

Since this Amtrak fiscal year began Oct. 1 and through May 2011, ridership on the Heartland Flyer has grown by nearly 10 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Total ridership since the Heartland Flyer inauguration on June 14, 1999, now totals 790,713.