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KDOT explores grant for Kansas City-Oklahoma City Amtrak service

KDOT explores grant for Kansas City-Oklahoma City Amtrak service


Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas Department of Transportation is exploring the opportunity to get federal money for a study of rail service between Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

The state has submitted a grant pre-application to the Federal Railroad Administration for a $500,000 project to prepare a plan for implementing state-supported Amtrak service between the destinations. KDOT offered to contribute half the cost of the project.

The work would build on an Amtrak expansion feasibility study, expected to be completed by the end of the year. The state will need information from both studies if it is to apply for grants through the Federal Railroad Administration’s High-Speed/Intercity Passenger Rail program.

In a release, KDOT said funds won’t be awarded for pre-applications, calling them expressions of interest in applying for grants later in the year.

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