Lawmakers study cost of high-speed rail system that would link Tulsa and OKC 

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Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is seen from the air, July 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma lawmakers are studying the cost of a high-speed rail system that would link Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

The Journal Record reports that an interim study was presented on Tuesday to the Senate Transportation Committee. The study was sponsored by state Democratic Sen. Kevin Matthews of Tulsa.

Supporters of the rail system say it could help the state in several ways, including in alleviating road congestion. But opponents say that it’s difficult to estimate costs and funding.

General contractor Jon McGrath says the estimated cost of the project would be between $2 billion and $3 billion.

Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson says a passenger rail would have limited short-term benefits because less than 200 people would ride the train at a time.