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May 10, 2013

Wichita to make passenger rail announcement Friday afternoon

A press conference has been set for 4 p.m. Friday at Union Station for what Wichita passenger rail supporters call a major announcement.

A press conference has been set for 4 p.m. Friday at Union Station for what Wichita passenger rail supporters call a major announcement.

The news conference will take place outside the north entrance of Union Station, just off Douglas.

The news conference, to celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, is being characterized by city officials as an “update on significant developments regarding passenger rail advocacy in this area.”

Wichita Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner, who has led the city’s work to bring the Heartland Flyer through downtown, will lead the news conference, along with local business representatives who serve on his steering committee.

The states of Texas, Oklahoma and now Kansas are investigating passenger rail possibilities. Texas and Oklahoma have begun a joint study, while Oklahoma officials are trying to determine their interest in either taking the Heartland Flyer north through Wichita, or northeast through Tulsa.

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