State gains control of Oklahoma City depot

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have completed a new lease agreement with the owner of the former Santa Fe depot downtown, the Daily Oklahoman has reported. The depot is the northern terminus of Amtrak’s state-supported Heartland Flyer passenger train from Fort Worth, Texas.

The new agreement comes after the owner of the depot, Brent Brewer, locked the doors twice during the week leading up to the annual football game between the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas held in Dallas. Amtrak passengers had to be diverted to vans and buses. Brewer complained that state transportation officials had failed to respond to his repeated efforts to draw up a new lease agreement.

The new agreement gives the state control of both the passenger depot and an adjacent parking lot for 25 months, with two five-year renewal options, said Mike Patterson, Oklahoma DOT’s deputy director.

In the longer term, the agency said the depot might serve as part of a northern extension of the Heartland Flyer into Kansas, and/or a transit hub.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have completed a new lease agreement with the owner of the former Santa Fe depot downtown, the Daily Oklahoman has reported. The depot is the northern terminus of Amtrak’s state-supported Heartland Flyer passenger train from Fort Worth, Texas.

The new agreement comes after the owner of the depot, Brent Brewer, locked the doors twice during the week leading up to the annual football game between the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas held in Dallas. Amtrak passengers had to be diverted to vans and buses. Brewer complained that state transportation officials had failed to respond to his repeated efforts to draw up a new lease agreement.

The new agreement gives the state control of both the passenger depot and an adjacent parking lot for 25 months, with two five-year renewal options, said Mike Patterson, Oklahoma DOT’s deputy director.

In the longer term, the agency said the depot might serve as part of a northern extension of the Heartland Flyer into Kansas, and/or a transit hub.

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