KC may ask to make Kansas passenger rail line a federal corridor

07/30/2013 10:10 AM

07/30/2013 10:11 AM

Kansas City, Mo., officials are considering a push to make the rail corridor from their city to Oklahoma City — including Wichita — a federal corridor, opening up more federal funding for the area’s return to passenger rail.

It’s the latest development in a three-state drive to bring Amtrak service to a corridor from the Gulf Coast to Newton, connecting with the Southwest Chief.

Wichita Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner, who has led local efforts to put passenger rail service back at Union Station, hailed the proposal as another example of cooperation between the three cities.

In May, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer joined Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in a letter supporting passenger rail expansion through Kansas into Oklahoma.

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