Heartland Flyer loses more than $43 per rider in 2012, report finds
Despite losing $2.7 million last year, the Heartland Flyer, which connects Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas, performs better than many Amtrak routes connecting major cities.
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Fifteen states contributed to the funding of Amtrak routes between 2007-2011, the report found. Oklahoma ranked 13th by contributing $8.8 million.
State support will be critical when a new requirement for states to financially support short-distance corridors takes effect Oct. 1, he said, adding that the Heartland Flyer wouldn't exist without support from the state.
Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman, said because the Heartland Flyer will no longer be eligible for federal funding, the cost of operating the route will have to be absorbed by Oklahoma and Texas. Amtrak kicks in an average of 20 percent of the Heartland Flyer's operating cost each year.
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