Hopes of one day seeing the Heartland Flyer pull into a renovated Union Station (in photo) in downtown Wichita got the biggest lift yet this week with the joint endorsement from the transportation departments of Oklahoma and Kansas. The officials are right that the extension of the Fort Worth-to-Oklahoma City Amtrak line north through Wichita and Newton would establish an “economic powerhouse of a corridor for industry and commercial business.” Wichita’s prospects for re-establishing passenger rail service depend not on words but on money, of course, so one key will be whether Wichita succeeds in its bid to win a $3 million federal transportation grant to complete environmental studies on a Heartland Flyer extension.
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