[Ok-sus] FW: [PassRailOKNews] Rick Westcott : : KTOK-AM Sun. at 8:25 PM : : TRAC Meeting Tues : : Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail Day Wed.

Shauna Struby sstruby at cox.net
Fri Mar 22 16:51:56 UTC 2013

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This upcoming week the campaign to see passenger rail expansion between
Oklahoma City and Tulsa takes center stage...

---Sunday March 24, 8:35 PM 

Rick Westcott on KTOK Radio AM1000 

(Streaming on www.ktok.com <http://www.ktok.com> )


Rick Westcott, Tulsa Rail Advisory Committee Chairman, will be on the Gwin
Faulconer-Lippert show. This will prove to be a very interesting
conversation.  Mr. Westcott, a former Tulsa City Councilor, and his
committee are working diligently to expand passenger rail service to Tulsa.
The Tulsa Rail Advisory Committee (TRAC) was first established by the Tulsa
City Council to advise the state legislative Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail
Task Force, as originally envisioned by State Representative Richard


Further program discussion may include two House Bills that have just
reached the state senate.  These bills would dramatically improve how the
state manages rail properties and contracts.  HB2180 would create the
Oklahoma Railways Commission.  HB2187 would require ODOT, or applicable
state agency, to provide a leasing railroad carrier first right to purchase
the line they are operating.  House Transportation Chairman Charlie Joyner
authored both bills.


Please tune in.  For those of you out of the area, KTOK streaming is
available.  A podcast will be available for about a week following the show.


---Tuesday March 25, 10:00 AM 

Tulsa Rail Advisory Committee Meeting 

Tulsa City Hall

175 E. 2nd Street

4th Floor

Tulsa, OK 74103


For more information, contact 

Sarah Hummel


shummel at tulsacouncil.org <mailto:shummel at tulsacouncil.org>  

---Wednesday March 27 - Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail Day - State Capitol
9:00 am 

Please congregate outside of State Representative Richard Morrissette's
office, Room 543 at 9:00am.  You are encouraged to locate your State Sentaor
and State Representative to speak in favor of passenger rail expansion and
Representative Joyner's bills.  Fliers will be available as handouts for
legislators.  We hope to speak effectively, in a unified public voice, in
support of Representative Joyner's bills.


For emphasis, HB2187 was drafted in response to ODOT placing state owned
railroad property between Oklahoma City and Sapulpa on the open market
without providing the leasing carrier with the first right of purchase
refusal.  The leasing carrier, Stillwater Central Railroad, has invested
millions in right-of-way repairs since its lease began in 1998.  The
Stillwater Central Railroad has built a strong customer base, neglected by
the previous owner.


This is about much more than a return of passenger rail service between
Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  Passenger Rail Oklahoma considers ODOT's cavalier
action a betrayal of a long term and loyal state business partner. Such
business dealings also demonstrate a lack of ethical business acumen by
state officials.


HB2180 ::: Oklahoma Railways Commission



HB2187 ::: Right of First Refusal



Keep Hammering At it Folks!
Passenger Rail Oklahoma

www.PassengerRailOK.org <http://www.PassengerRailOK.org> 

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