“The role of the railroads in this nation’s commerce, communication, and leisure travel has been essential for more than 150 years. The linking by rail of this country’s east and west coasts boosted our national progress by many, many years.
I’ve only ridden a passenger train twice. When I was very small, our family traveled to southeast Kansas to visit my grandmother. As a sixth-grader, our class field trip was to the capitol in Topeka, by rail. Like most folks, I loved it … and cherish the experience.
Is passenger rail service coming back to Wichita, after several decades of absence? Wichita Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner’s been pushing hard for several years. Last week he represented Wichita in an announcement that Mayor Carl Brewer and the mayors of Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Missouri support passenger rail service from Oklahoma City to Wichita, and on to Kansas City.
This would link San Antonio to Kansas City by rail.
The “people train” may actually run through Wichita again someday.
Our thought for today is from George Santayana:
“Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.”