The big-picture argument for passenger rail

The big-picture argument for passenger rail -
Wichita’s passenger rail hopes gaining steam

Emily Behlmann
Web producer-
Wichita Business Journal

The advocates who are pushing for passenger rail in Wichita aren’t just interested in accessing a fun new mode of transportation in downtown Wichita.
As I worked on a story for this week’s Wichita Business Journal about the effort to extend Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer route through Wichita, I kept hearing these broad discussions about our city’s economic future.
First, a rundown of what the Northern Flyer Alliance and other advocates are trying to achieve: Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer ends and turns around in Oklahoma City. The Southwest Chief runs east and west across Kansas, passing through Kansas City, Newton and Garden City. The alliance wants to connect the two, extending the Heartland Flyer north, through Wichita and into Newton.

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