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Meetings Beginning on Possibility of OKC to Tulsa Rail Service

By KEN MILLER

Associated Press

Efforts to create passenger train service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa is drawing both support and questions about its potential cost from officials in and between the state's two largest cities.

State transportation officials are planning public meetings in the coming week in Tulsa, Stroud and Oklahoma City as the first step in a study that could lead to rail service - but say passenger rail is years away.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett says he supports passenger rail - but unanswered questions include how people will travel once they arrive in downtown Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

Stroud City Manager Schook says he supports commuter trains but not high-speed rail that he said will cost an estimated $2 billion. Schook says the current track is not capable of handling high-speed trains.

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