Lawrence gets $1.2M grant to renovate train depot

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The city of Lawrence has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant to fix up a 1950s-era train depot that serves Amtrak passenger trains.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the grant will cover 80 percent of the cost of renovating the Santa Fe depot, which is a stop on the twice-daily Amtrak Southwest Chief.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway owns the building, which needs a new roof, heating and cooling systems and other repairs. The depot has already received $1.5 million from Amtrak to make its boarding platform ADA-compliant.

The new funding is a federal Transportation Enhancement grant awarded by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Burlington Northern officials have expressed interest in the past in selling the station to the city for a nominal amount.

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