The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 12, 2013

Kansas officials tout impact of passenger trains


From The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — Officials are reaching out to the public to promote the impact passenger rail service could have in Wichita.

The issue is slated as the discussion topic at the Tuesday Topics program to be held at noon at the Wichita central library auditorium on Aug. 27.

The Wichita Eagle reports the brown-bag lunch seminar will feature Wichita Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner and Dale Goter, the city’s government relations manager.

Kansas and Wichita are seeking nearly $13 million in federal grant money to complete the planning phase of a proposed project that would extend Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer passenger service from Wichita to Oklahoma City.

The project would extend the Heartland Flyer to Wichita and Newton and connect the Wichita area with the Southwest Chief line to Oklahoma City.