Amtrak en Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study <p>A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.</p><p>Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.</p><p>BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:34:28 +0000 Associated Press 37839 at New Mexico Considers Chipping In With Kansas And Colorado To Help Fund Southwest Chief Line <p>New Mexico will study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.</p><p>A state budget allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving tracks through their states.</p><p>John Yaeger of the Legislative Council Service said legal issues will be considered as well as the costs and economic benefits of the proposal.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Associated Press 31647 at New Mexico Legislature Ends Session Without Funding Amtrak's Southwest Chief Line <p>New Mexico's legislature closed its session without making any commitment to fund the state's share of costs to keep Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.</p><p>The session ended Thursday with none of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line passing.</p><p>Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.</p><p>The company says the Southwest Chief's route might change otherwise, causing some communities to lose passenger service.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:16:27 +0000 Associated Press 30664 at How Will Passenger Rail Service In Wichita Affect You? City Officials Want To Know <p>Officials want to hear from you about the effect that passenger rail service will have in Wichita.</p><p>The Wichita Public Library is hosting a <a href="">Brown Bag Lunch discussion</a> on the issue at its central location on August 27 at noon, in coordination with the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro.</p><p>Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will speak. Meitzner is leading Wichita's efforts to enhance transportation.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:44:29 +0000 Kate Clause 20263 at How Will Passenger Rail Service In Wichita Affect You? City Officials Want To Know 'Significant Updates' To Be Announced Friday on Passenger Rail in Wichita <p>Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.</p><p>Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.</p><p>Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 13:01:42 +0000 Kate Clause 16818 at 'Significant Updates' To Be Announced Friday on Passenger Rail in Wichita