Posted by: Nick Bryant | September 13, 2018 08:54:03A high-capacity train that would ferry passengers at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour to and from major metropolitan areas is about to begin construction on a rail line that would connect Centralia, Arkansas and Wichita, Kansas.
The new $60 million rail project, which would link the Arkansas cities of Little Rock, Little Rock and Little Rock to the state capital of Little Falls, Kansas, is part of a larger initiative to link the nation’s second-largest metro areas, with a goal of connecting more than 100,000 people annually by 2025.
Construction on the rail line began in 2017, with the goal of having it completed by 2020.
The $1.8 billion rail line would run on a 6-mile section of the I-70 corridor from Little Rock in central Arkansas, through the state’s western border, into Wichita, then into downtown Wichita.
The entire project is expected to be complete by 2025, with most of the work completed in the first three years of the rail system.
In addition to its connection to Kansas, the project is aimed at connecting Centralia and Wichita in the Kansas City area, with other rail connections to be made in the future.
The project will link Centralia with a new high-performance rail line being built on a stretch of highway 12 in central Louisiana, also called the “Highway 12 Corridor,” that runs along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The highway 12 corridor is being built by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help connect the communities of Louisiana’s Central and West Segment.
“Our rail project is a huge opportunity to connect all of Centralia to Wichita and Little Springs,” Gov.
Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said in a statement announcing the rail project.
Construction is expected take up to 18 months, according to the Associated Press. “
The rail project will provide an affordable and accessible alternative for those who can’t afford or want to take the train into Centralia or Wichita.”
Construction is expected take up to 18 months, according to the Associated Press.
The rail line is being financed with $500 million in federal transportation grants and $200 million in state funds.
The rail line will connect with a state highway, the Arkansas Highway Patrol, which has a fleet of nearly 1,300 patrol cars, with state troopers from the state police, which will operate the highway.
The state has a $15 million contract to buy a new rail line to connect Central, Wichita and the rest of Arkansas.