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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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