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MISSOURI-KANSAS Rail Passenger Coalition


Working For A More Balanced Transportation System



GROUP UPDATE- 12/05: Nine members met Nov. 19, 2005 and voted to dissolve MOKSRAIL, due to a lack of member participation and the inability to fill officer positions, especially that of president, formerly held by Doug Ohlemeier.

MOKSRAIL is using up its remaining assets to fund replacement batteries for the electric cart at Kansas City Union Station that brings elderly and handicapped to and from trainside. They will also contribute some of the money to the restoration of the Amtrak station in Topeka, KS.

Announcement of MOKSRail dissolution

The group has been disbanded but this Web site will remain in place to encourage passenger rail supporters to continue advocating for expanded passenger rail service in Kansas, Missouri and the nation - D.O.


Discussion/ announcements of other rail passenger advocacy groups




Missouri's Passenger Trains


Missouri trains picture pageRecently updated.

Amtrak state facts, including Missouri & Kansas (updated link)


About (membership, officers)


Resources for
 rail advocates


  Never ending subsidies!

Benefits of Long-Distance Trains

  Sample letter to Congress  

Discuss Passenger Rail Issues

Southwest Chief page
  Articles on Amtrak funding
 (past stories & essays)

Common Amtrak myths
Answers to recurring misleading statements frequently appearing in news reports about Amtrak and passenger rail.

Write your elected officials.
Tell them to properly fund passenger rail transportation.

Missouri/Kansas congressional contacts
Fact-check on the Bush Administration's plan to derail Amtrak.
 For the latest on Amtrak funding, please visit the  National Association of Railroad Passengers'legislative updates, please visit the NARP hotline.
Please consider joining NARP so your voice can be heard in Washington DC.


47 groups sign agreement to promote federal investment in a modern, nationwide
passenger rail system (MOKSRail is a signee)

This information will remain prominently displayed on this Web page until the traveling public convinces self-serving politicians that passenger trains are a needed and necessary public transportation expenditure.


Promoting a vision of a revitalized national passenger rail system:
Modern Passenger Trains: A National Necessity; Analysis and Recommendations
The plan, from NARP, contains a wealth of transportation and travel information

"Until the federal government funds a meaningful, modern and relevant system of passenger-train tracks, signals and stations, no comparison between passengers trains and cars or airliners is valid. To be competitive, trains must first be provided with the means of competitive success, as cars and airplanes were."
-Amtrak Reform Council

The Myth of Passenger Train Profitability To learn the how the federal government literally built this nation's highways and air transportation systems, read this speech made by Amtrak Reform Council member James Coston.
Coston documents the long history of subsidization for air travel, which began at the urging of Orville Wright, who knew that air travel would not take off without federal help. Coston also explains how it is a false notion to believe that there are any "passenger train experts" since the world's leading industrialized country has not had a modern passenger rail transportation system for more than 30 years.
A must-read for passenger rail advocates


Ideas for improving Missouri-Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas  (and U.S.) rail passenger service


Friends of Amtrak - volunteer effort full of legislative updates & other timely information

A note about this Web site: This site, like everything associated with the MOKSRail group, is a volunteer effort. It is updated as frequently as possible. If you have contributions you would like to make or questions about this site, please contact webmaster Doug Ohlemeier is a sponsor of the MOKSRail Web site. provides the site at no charge to rail advocates.
MOKSRail is please to note it is the only state rail passenger organization Web site included in the Amtrak Crisis site.

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