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Kelly announces $11.5 million investment to improve rail service across rural Kansas

HUMBOLDT – The State of Kansas will give $11.5 million in grants to advance 17 railroad improvement projects across the Sunflower State.

The projects – the majority of which are in West and South Kansas – will be funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s State Rail Service Improvement Fund (SRSIF).

Governor Laura Kelly shared the list of SRSIF’s spring 2022 grantees during an event at the Monarch Cement Company in Humboldt, the largest grantee this cycle.

“Kansas’ railroad industry is vital to the state’s economy and the nation’s supply chain system,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This $11.5 million investment will modernize our rail network, strengthen our position as a national logistics hub, and enable farmers and ranchers to get their products to market faster.”

SRSIF is part of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE). Since IKE was founded in 2019, it has awarded nearly $50 million in grants and matching community contributions to 26 improvement projects. Core to IKE is state-local collaboration; each grantee contributes at least 40% of the improvement project funding. With the grantees’ contributions, the total investment in rail improvement projects throughout the state is $19 million.

“Combining state and private funds to improve local infrastructure is a core principle of IKE: leveraging partnerships,” Secretary Julie Lorenz said. “By placing emphasis on right-sized, practical improvements, together we are effectively addressing critical infrastructure needs for agriculture and manufacturing in Kansas.”

These grant funds, made available to short-line railroads, shippers, and other qualifying entities, will be used for significant track rehabilitation and capacity improvement projects. Funds may also be used for financing and acquisition activities and the purchase of rolling stock.

Below are the projects receiving funding from the SRSIF for fiscal year 2022:

Project Sponsor



Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

Replace rail on .5 mile of curves


Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

Upgrade 51 bridges to 286K


Cimarron Valley Railroad

Major rehabilitation


South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

Replace 9 switches in Winfield Yard


South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

Major rehabilitation/286K


Americold Logistics

Siding replacement


Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad Priority

Replace 4 switches from 90# to 115# rail


Garden City Western



Scoular Grain Goodland

Siding extension



Construction of new 2-mile loop track


MKC Elevator

Construction of 120-car loop track


Dei-Fan Logistics

New siding construction


Bestifor Farms

Siding rehabilitation & expansion


Monarch Cement

Construction of new siding


Midland Marketing Cooperative

Siding rehabilitation



Rail replacement


New Century AirCenter Railroad

Major rehabilitation/286K


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