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12/5/2008



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Amtrak to study service offerings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas


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Amtrak will study the feasibility of operating intercity passenger-rail service on a 606-mile route between Kansas City, Kan., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Fort Worth, Texas.

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation, the study will identify capital and operating costs associated with providing state-sponsored service along the route. The study will consider potential schedules, rail-car and locomotive availability and necessary rail improvements. In addition, BNSF Railway Co. will analyze the capacity of the route because passenger trains would operate along the Class I's right of way.

Preliminary study work already has begun; Amtrak expects to complete the analysis next year.


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