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Kansas applies for federal money to improve passenger rail service

August 31, 2009


— Kansas officials are seeking federal funds to support efforts to expand passenger rail service in the state.

The Department of Transportation has submitted two grants seeking $8.1 million from the Federal Railroad Administration under a high-speed passenger rail program. KDOT officials say no date has been set for awarding the grants, an announcement is expected this fall.

Some of the money would be used for improving the railroad tracks on the Southwest Chief route from Emporia and Barclay using federal stimulus dollars.

Other funds will be used to prepare a service development plan for rail service from Kansas City to Fort Worth.

A third grant application for $10 million is due in October for additional crossing upgrades.


Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 6 months ago

how about between Topeka ,Lawrence, Kansas city ?

1029 8 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, no kidding. The rail already exists, right? It's not like they'd have to map out a route and make deals to buy land from property owners.

Sigmund 8 years, 6 months ago

And we should apply to for stage coach and pony express funds as well! Bring back the ticker tape, morse codes, and telegraph lines! When will we start looking to the future instead of expensive inefficient and dirty technologies of the past for solution to today's problems?

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