Amtrak and BNSF consider restoring passenger rail service from KC to Fort Worth

Jim Cunningham
June 09, 2017 - 4:44 am

Amtrak and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are taking a major step toward bringing back passenger train service from Kansas City to Texas.

The Lone Star train from KC to Fort Worth was discontinued almost 40 years ago because of budget cuts. 

Amtrak and BNSF have announced the two organizations are forming a feasibility study to restore the service. 

An inspection train is making its way Friday from Kansas City to Oklahoma City, said Mark Corriston, with the National Association of Rail Passengers. 
Passenger rail to Texas is inconvenient today, Corriston said.

"You can go to Newton, presently," Corriston said. Newton is just north of Wichita. "Then you can board a throughway bus that will connect you to Oklahoma City, and then continue on to Fort Worth."

The cost of restoring service has not yet been formalized, Corriston said. 

The train's Friday schedule has it in Wichita at 12:05 p.m., in Topeka at 3:45 and arriving at Union Station in Kansas City at 5:30. 

Corriston said he hoped to see a lot of citizens at Union Station to show their support for rail travel.

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