High-speed rail advocates gather at Jefferson City

Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 8:45 a.m. CDT; updated 10:34 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 24, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY— Advocates for high-speed rail are gathering at Missouri's capital for an apparent first-of-its-kind symposium.

The newly formed Missouri Passenger Rail Coalition was hosting Thursday's event. The agenda included speakers from the state transportation department, an engineering company and the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association.

The goal is to build support for improved passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City, with the ultimate hope of making it a high-speed rail corridor.

The federal stimulus act includes $8 billion for high-speed rail projects. Missouri is part of a Midwest coalition seeking some of that money.


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