The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requested that Amtrak complete a feasibility study for expanding passenger rail service from Kansas City through Wichita and Oklahoma City and on to Fort Worth. This study was completed on March 9, 2010.
The estimated ridership for Alternative 3 was the highest of all four alternatives at 174,000 riders per year. The route would cover 606 miles and the time from end to end would be 12 hours and 18 minutes. The estimated cost to keep the train running would be $8 million. The capital costs would be about $476 million which is less than the Oklahoma City crosstown I40 project which covers less than 20 miles.
This is the proposed schedule for daylight service that we recommend for economic development reasons.
The estimated ridership for Alternative 1 is 92,500 riders per year. The route would cover 405 miles and the time from end to end would be 8 hours and 19 minutes. The estimated cost to keep the train running would be $3.2 million. The capital costs would be about $154 million.
We recommend this night-time service because it makes connections to the Amtrak Southwest Chief service in Newton, Kansas and the Amtrak Texas Eagle service in Fort Worth.