State considering new passenger rail service

February 09, 2019 - 2:14 am

State lawmakers want studies and research to be completed on potential passenger rail service in Kansas.

Amtrak hasn't had a train stop in Wichita since the late 70s. In a list of goals released last month, the task force listed the Heartland Flyer as a possibility. Right now, the passeger railroad travels from Dallas to Oklahoma City but some are now hoping the new line will extend up to Newton.

Right now, KDOT is studying the idea to see if it’s worth the cost and lawmakers want to see the results.

Amtrak hasn’t given an opinion on the idea either, and the task force says it’s part of a wider focus on public transit options through the state.

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