Kansas seeking $20M in federal funding for rail

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Kansas transportation officials will seek $20 million in federal funding that could help develop passenger rail service from Newton to the Oklahoma border.

The money would be used for upgrades on a freight train route. Kansas is asking for $10 million request from the federal stimulus
package and $10 million from the 2010 federal highway bill.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and Amtrak are funding a
study to determine the feasibility of state-supported train service from Kansas City, Mo., to Fort Worth, Texas.

Officials expect to complete the study by fall. The route would rely on the Southwest Chief from Kansas City to Newton, then re-establish a route into Oklahoma discontinued more than 20 years ago.

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