Kansas Department of Transportation Resources





The Kansas Rural Development Council has undertaken the task of trying to halt the destabilizing process of railroad abandonment in rural Kansas and open dialogue among stakeholders that will lead to transportation policy that will increase rail freight service in our rural communities thus alleviating the spiraling cost of road maintenance for the state and local governments. At a time when tax revenues are dwindling in Kansas coffers, it is imperative that a cost effective transportation model be developed to guide future transportation spending measures.

Rail Abandonment in Kansas:"Its impact on rural communities, local governments and producers"

The following White Papers were developed by KRDC to serve as background information and a stimulus to advance a rural freight transportation plan in Kansas.


            The Impact of the Loss of Rail Service To Rural Communities in Kansas, 2000 (PDF)


            Kansas Crossroads: The Future of Rail Freight Movement in Rural Kansas, 2004 (PDF)


                        Recommendations (an excerpt from Kansas Crossroads)  



Rail Plan 2003-2004

Kansas Rail Map

Impact of Grain Transportation on Kansas Highway Damage Costs Study

Economic Impacts of Railroad Abandonment on Rural Kansas Communities Study