Extended Tax Credits Aimed at Kansas Railroads

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Federal lawmakers have extended a tax credit to encourage rural railroads to invest in track improvements.

While big railroads like Burlington Northern and Sante Fe and
Union Pacific serve most of Eastern Kansas, the rest of the state
relies on short-line railroads.

Congressman Jerry Moran sponsored the tax credit bill. The
Kansas Republican said short-line railroads are vital to the state,
especially to farmers and grain elevators in small towns who depend
on short lines to move grain to market.

Moran said he pushed for the tax credits three years ago because
short-line railroads were falling behind on investing in their
infrastructure. He said that was leading to problems, including

The tax credits expire Dec. 31, 2009.