Emporia group hopes to build depot for Amtrak stop

Amtrak Exhibit Train

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Members of an eastern Kansas community want to build a new train station with the hopes of getting Amtrak trains to stop there for the first time since the old station burned down in 1999.

The Amtrak Task Force is a group of Emporia leaders whose goal is to become a destination for outsiders, even if it’s just on their way to someplace else. The idea has been in the works for two years, and the task force recently filed for nonprofit status with the secretary of state.

Local pastor Andrew McHenry says the next step is to do an impact study, which he says comes with a heavy price tag, before the group can even think about building.

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