Heartland Flyer

The Amtrak Heartland Flyer, Oklahoma’s only passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, pulls into the station in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman file

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hopes for passenger rail service linking the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas suffered a major setback Monday.

Stillwater Central Railroad failed to meet an Aug. 4 deadline for establishing a six-month pilot program to provide daily passenger rail service between Del City and Sapulpa, Tim Gatz, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, announced Monday.

“The department is disappointed that the pilot program didn’t launch, as it would have helped determine the long-term viability of passenger service on this line, but also understands the obstacles Stillwater Central is facing,” the Transportation Department said in a news release.

“ODOT will continue to be open to and explore other options from the private sector for a cost-effective solution for future passenger service.”

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