Football fans looking for an exciting way to travel to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the Oct. 8 Red River Rivalry game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, can find it aboard Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer.
       For only $50 round-trip, passengers can enjoy a lively, spirit-filled trip and get in game mode as they travel from Oklahoma City to Dallas with other eager fans. Back by popular demand, an observation coach is being added, which will give passengers a chance to enjoy unique panoramic views on their way to the annual game.
       The Heartland Flyer will leave from Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City at 8:25 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, and will arrive at downtown Dallas Union Station at 2:10 p.m. just in time for passengers to enjoy all the pre-game festivities. The train has scheduled stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and in Texas at Gainesville, and Ft. Worth.

        On the return trip, the Heartland Flyer will depart from downtown Dallas Union Station at 2:25 p.m. Oct. 9, and will arrive back in Oklahoma City at 9:39 p.m.
       Reservations for the discounted fare can be booked only by calling the Amtrak customer contact center at 800-USA-RAIL and asking for code X539.  This special fare of $50 round trip is available only by calling the toll-free number; it cannot be booked online. Seating is limited and restrictions apply, so booking reservations early is strongly recommended.

       Fans should act quickly, since the annual OU/TX train continues to gain in popularity and seats fill up quickly.  Last year, two additional coach cars had to be added to accommodate about 350 fans who teamed up with the Heartland Flyer during the OU/TX weekend.
       Between Oct. 1, 2010 and May 2011, ridership on the Heartland Flyer grew by nearly 10 percent compared with the same period a year ago.  The train also consistently earns superior ratings in the Amtrak Customer Satisfaction Index, which polls passengers about on-time performance; travel value; friendliness of on-board personnel; comfort; equipment cleanliness and reliability; and stations and schedules.
       The line has carried over 800,000 passengers since daily service started between Oklahoma City and Ft. Worth in 1999.