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State seeks passenger rail service plan input

State seeks passenger rail service plan input

Shawnee Dispatch
By Caroline Boyer
June 11, 2010 

The state wants to hear residents’ thoughts on expanding passenger rail services.

In a meeting June 9 at the Shawnee Civic Centre, the Kansas Department of Transportation and Amtrack presented four options for the first expansion of services to create a rail connection to the south, either Oklahoma City or Fort Worth, Texas. Because the expansion is in its preliminary stages and would require approval from the state legislature in 2012, the meeting’s main goal was to get input from residents and direction on which option was the most favorable to begin the next step, the creation of a Service Development Plan.

Dennis Slimmer, chief of KDOT’s bureau of transportation planning, said the state began to study increasing passenger rail options while doing its long-range transportation plan update.

“When we were traveling across the state, we heard that we needed to look at increasing passenger rail services,” he said... FULL ARTICLE


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Another big money boondogle. Fix the highways and bridges. Costs of rail do not justify travel for so few.

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