Leaders meet to expand passenger rail service

WICHITA, Kan. - Leaders from the Wichita area are meeting in the city this week, for the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Conference.

The group is made up of members from nine states, to promote, coordinate, and support regional improvements to passenger rail service. Wichita City Council Member Pete Meitzner and Newton Mayor Barth Hague will give a presentation Wednesday morning on the history and status of efforts to reestablish passenger rail service to Wichita. 

“We are happy to be the host city for this year’s MIPRC annual conference,” Meitzner said. “This passenger rail organization recognizes the value of the existing Southwest Chief route, and the expansion of the Heartland Flyer route to connect the southern states through Wichita and Newton.”

The conference will wrap up after noon on Wednesday.

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