Lawrence May Take Ownership of Amtrak Station

The City of Lawrence, Kansas, is taking steps that may result in its purchase of the town’s Amtrak station.

Lawrence may acquire the former Santa Fe station from BNSF and then launch a $1.5 million restoration project.

Amtrak Southwest Chief 2City officials have said the depot has received limited maintenance and if the city buys the station it could use a $1.2 million state grant to pay for the renovations.

It would not cost the city anything to take ownership of the station, which the city would then lease to Amtrak.

The national passenger carrier would then be able to providing funding to bring the station into compliance with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Although no time frame has been established, the city could take control of the depot this summer.

Lawrence is on the route of the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.

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