17 Short Line Rail Projects in Kansas Receive $16.5M

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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TOPEKA, Kan. – Through the Rail Service Improvement Program (RSIP), 17 short line rail expansion and rehabilitation projects will receive a total $16.5 million.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced that $16.5 million from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Rail Service Improvement Program (RSIP) will go toward 17 short line rail expansion and rehabilitation projects

Funds received will go toward “expansion and capacity improvements, major track rehabilitation, and rail replacement,” as well as enhancing safety, reducing traffic, expanding carload capabilities, and improving operations. 

Each recipient will match the state funding by 30%, giving a total of more than $23.5 million overall. According to the release, the program received 26 applications requesting more than $39 million through IKE. IKE is the state’s 10-year bipartisan transportation program.

Governor Kelly said, “These needed rail infrastructure improvements will lift up rural Kansas and, in doing so, will maximize the economic potential of the entire state. . . By strengthening agriculture supply chains, my administration is helping our farmers and ranchers connect to regional, national, and international markets.”

Secretary of Transportation Calvin Reed said, “Rail service lessens the number of trucks that would otherwise be on local roads and Kansas highways, which reduces roadway maintenance and rehabilitation needs. . . Having different modes of quality transportation strengthens our state and creates new economic development opportunities for Kansas communities.”

Below is a list of RSIP recipients for the State Fiscal Year 2024:

Project SponsorProject TypeAward 
Cimarron Valley Railroad, Ford CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $2,233,946
Summit Sustainable Ingredients, Phillips CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $1,436,595
South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Cowley CountyMajor rehabilitation $319,802
South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Elk CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $1,947,101
The Scoular Company, Sherman CountyQualified track maintenance $230,002
Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Sedgwick CountyMajor rehabilitation $859,221
New Century AirCenter Railroad (JCAX), Johnson CountyMajor rehabilitation $1,400,594
Kyle Railroad, Cloud CountyMajor rehabilitation $811,440
Viterra USA Grain, Sedgwick CountyMajor rehabilitation $562,332
Hutchinson Transportation (HUTX), Reno CountyMajor rehabilitation $586,906
Weskan Grain, Scott CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $1,472,240
Central Prairie Co-op, Rice CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $880,110
Garden City Western Railway, Finney CountyPreservation/Major rehabilitation $695,056
Mid-States Materials, Reno CountyExpansion/Capacity improvements $911,826
Midway Co-op, Smith CountyMajor rehabilitation $422,835
Farmers Co-op, Sumner CountyQualified track maintenance $39,057
V&S Railway, Barber/Harper countiesPreservation/Major rehabilitation $1,657,799
Total Awarded $16,466,862
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