Emporia Eyes Getting Back on Amtrak Map

Residents of Emporia, Kan., are pushing to get Amtrak service restored to their community. They’ve formed the Emporia Amtrak Task Force is study how to raise money to conduct for an impact study to replace a former Santa Fe station that was destroyed by fire in 1999.

The organization is discussing its goals with Amtrak, BNSF Railway, Emporia State University, and community leaders.

The group’s  member say that having a train station would improve the city’s economic development efforts by offering rail service to the elderly and students at nearby Emporia State University.

Additionally, supporters believe the passenger service would entice people to visit the city’s attractions and attend business meeting. Located on the route of the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief, Emporia has not been an Amtrak station for 15 years. The closest station today is located 60 miles away in Topeka.

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