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Advocates for passenger rail are optimistic the $2 trillion infrastructure package President Joe Biden outlined this week could speed up efforts to bring service back to Wichita.

Amtrak plans to restart daily passenger service on its Southwest Chief route across Kansas beginning May 31.

In October, Amtrak cut the line’s daily service down to three days a week because of the pandemic. But the company says new federal COVID-19 relief funding will allow it to restore daily service on the Southwest Chief and 11 more of its long distance routes over the next few months.

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If you’ve driven down Douglas past Old Town and Union Station, you’ve seen the giant steam engine that is the prize of the Great Plains Transportation Museum. It’s right in the middle of the overpass; you drive right under it.

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More than a century after the arrival of the railroads to the Flint Hills of Kansas, a large-scale track expansion is tearing up a scenic stretch in some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie left in the nation.

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Wichita hasn’t had a passenger rail service since 1979. Area leaders will give a presentation on Wednesday on the effort to re-establish passenger rail service to the area. It’s part of a three-day Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Conference - or MIPRC - that's taking place in Old Town.

Wichita City Council Member Pete Meitzner and Newton Mayor Barth Hague will present a history and status report of ongoing efforts to re-establish passenger rail service to Wichita. Meitzner says the passenger rail organization recognizes the value of the existing routes and of expanding service.

Into The Great Wide Open

Oct 27, 2014
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The railroad as a part of Frontier Mythology has long since been surpassed by more modern versions of the story, but the truth is, it almost functions better as nostalgia.