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Tulsa mayor vetoes city council resolution on keeping state control of rail lines

By JARREL WADE - Tulsa World Modified: March 5, 2014 at 6:25 am •  Published: March 5, 2014

The mayor on Monday vetoed a resolution passed by the City Council urging the state not to sell the state-owned rail line connecting the Tulsa area to Oklahoma City, favoring instead the private sector's ability to bring passenger rail to Tulsa.

In a memo to councilors, Mayor Dewey Bartlett explained his decision, saying the resolution reached too far in expressing an opinion for the whole city — an opinion Bartlett said he does not share.

Bartlett said Tuesday that he had spoken with state transportation officials prior to the veto, but they were discreet in regard to details of their potential sale.

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