Kansas applies for passenger rail service grants

TOPEKA | 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.