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Pearce leads look at passenger train service in Midwest

The future of passenger train service is on the agenda Thursday as lawmakers and officials from 10 states gather in Kansas City for the annual meeting of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.

Other topics include the influence of trains on local economies, how passenger rail service is on the rise across the region and how to better connect with the more than 150 colleges or universities located within 10 miles of an Amtrak station in Midwestern states.

Missouri state Sen. David Pearce, a Warrensburg Republican, is co-chair of the gathering, which launches at 9 a.m. in the Arthur Stillwell Room.