Kansas Legislators Nervous About Rail Stimulus Funds

By: AP
By: AP

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Some south-central Kansas legislators are nervous that the state could miss out on federal stimulus funds for improving passenger rail services.

The Senate adopted a resolution this week calling on the Kansas Department of Transportation to apply for federal stimulus funds to help develop a passenger rail route from Oklahoma City to Kansas City. It's awaiting action in the House.

Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas transportation officials are studying the feasibility of extending an existing Amtrak route from Oklahoma City into Kansas.

Rep. Ed Trimmer, a Winfield Democrat, told The Arkansas City Traveler that the Kansas Department of Transportation should take advantage of a ``window of opportunity'' created by the stimulus funds to finance the new passenger service.

But an agency official said the federal government has not set application guidelines yet.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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