Amtrak Expansion Promoted

Proponents of expanding passenger rail service through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas hope an anticipated influx of federal infrastructure funding will get the the long-discussed route off the ground.

The project, which is among 39 new routes that Amtrak has proposed, calls for extending the Heartland Flyer.

The train now travels south from Oklahoma City in the morning and returns in the evening, with an afternoon layover in Fort Worth.

With the expansion, one daily trip would start and end in Newton in the early morning.

From Newton, travelers could catch Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.

The plan also calls for adding stations and stops in Wichita and Arkansas City, and the Oklahoma communities of Ponca City, Perry, and Guthrie.

Oklahoma City and Wichita were last connected by passenger rail in 1979.

It is unclear when the project would be completed.