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Area Leaders To Make Case For Re-Establishing Passenger Rail Service In Wichita

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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.

The MIPRC is a nine-state interstate compact commission that supports regional improvements to passenger rail service. Member states include Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Carla Eckels is interim news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

 
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