TOPEKA — Proponents of expanded passenger train travel in Kansas urged lawmakers Wednesday to support such expansion and seek federal money to help.
Neighboring states have received several million dollars to develop or improve passenger rail travel in the last year, said Mark Corriston, Kansas vice president of the Northern Flyer Alliance.
“These are not distant developments in Florida or California or some other place where we are always hearing about big developments,” he told the Senate Transportation Committee.
States such as Missouri and Ohio were just a little more prepared and were able to tap into federal recovery investment dollars, he said.
Corriston’s group is pushing for the creation of passenger rail service that would connect Fort Worth to Kansas City, Mo. through Wichita.
Senate Bill 409 would allow the state Department of Transportation to work with groups along the proposed route. It also would allow Kansas to enter into agreements with Amtrak to implement the service.
“This is truly a vision for the future,” Corriston said.