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May 20, 2014

Wichita approves federal grant application for passenger rail project

The Wichita City Council approved without comment Tuesday an application for federal grant funds for a passenger rail project.

The Wichita City Council approved without comment Tuesday an application for federal grant funds for a passenger rail project.

The city is seeking up to $3 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant funds to complete environmental studies on the Heartland Flyer route connecting Wichita with Oklahoma City on the I-35 corridor. The plan would close a 185-mile service gap from Oklahoma City to Wichita and could potentially connect the Heartland Flyer with the Southwest Chief, which now stops in Newton on its way to Kansas City.

The TIGER grant was part of the council’s weekly consent agenda, which allows the approval with one vote of several agenda items, usually without discussion.

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