State transportation considering transfer hub

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Transportation is in the early stages of developing a hub where freight could be transferred between the highways and railroads.

An advisory committee is discussing specifics for a “transload shipping center.” John Maddox, freight and rail manager for the transportation department, says the committee will develop criteria for the facility in the next six to nine months, including financial considerations.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports after requirements are determined, a list of potential sites will be determined, followed by preliminary engineering work. The agency doesn’t have a timeline for completing the project.

Transportation Secretary Mike King said in a news release a transload facility would save customers money on transportation costs.


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