Gracias, Merci, Ngiyabonga! No matter how you say it, we owe a big "thank you" to our 1 million riders on the Heartland Flyer! The Heartland Flyer connects Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City with a 418-mile daily round-trip route that includes places like Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and Gainesville, Texas.
"We're pleased with the positive impact the Heartland Flyer has had on both the economy of the region, mobility and the associated environmental benefits," says Erik Steavens, Rail Division Director at Texas Department of Transportation, which along with Oklahoma contracts Amtrak to operate the service.
The Heartland Flyer doesn't just benefit surrounding communities, it also eases regional traffic. During a 2009 study, it was estimated that the route removed nearly 8 million cars from the highway. Wow!
"Passengers can sit back and leave the driving to us," says Oklahoma Department of Transportation Rail Programs Division Manager Craig Moody. "Each and every time a passenger boards the Heartland Flyer, we want that trip to be the very best experience for them."
Recent customer service surveys and ridership show you're happy! The Heartland Flyer has earned high marks in on-time performance, employee-passenger interactions, equipment cleanliness and reliability as well as stations and schedules.
So thanks again. We got you to your destination and you got us here, to 1 million riders. We make a great team!
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