UPDATED: Kansas wins grant for planning Amtrak extension to OKC

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(Updated to include comment from state senator who chaired the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission and the governor)

Kansas took a significant step toward reviving passenger rail service connecting Wichita and Newton to Oklahoma City when it was awarded a federal grant of up to $500,000 for planning a route that was ended more than 40 years ago.

The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday morning announced that Kansas was among the 69 rail corridors it picked in 44 states for planning passenger rail service expansion.

The money would go toward the proposed SSJ

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