Kansas Senate sends passenger rail service bill to House

heartlandflyer.croppedTOPEKA – A bill to expand passenger rail service between Kansas City and Texas is on its way to the House.

The Senate today passed Senate Bill 409 on a vote of 37-3.

The proposal would allow the state Department of Transportation to work with groups along the proposed route. It also would allow the state to enter into service agreements with Amtrak.

Groups such as the Northern Flyer Alliance have been advocating for passenger rail service that would connect Kansas City, Wichita and Dallas-Fort Worth. Current passenger rail service stops in Newton.