The city of Wichita, Kan., wants to extend passenger rail between Wichita and Oklahoma City. Expanding Amtrak service to Wichita would be the best thing to happen to Oklahoma in years. Rail transportation is the most energy efficient means of transportation. A modern train is capable of achieving 750 gross ton miles per gallon of fuel. This is measured by weight in tons times the miles per gallon. No other mode of transportation can do this. With all tracks capable of being electrified with power generated from every source of energy, a train could literally go from coast to coast nonstop without burning one drop of oil for fuel. No other mode of transportation can do this.
James A. Hellams, Edmond