- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - The state transportation department has chosen Garden City and Great Bend as the two finalists for centers that will move goods from one type of transportation to another.

The two cities were selected from a group of seven cities that made formal presentations in August to the Transload Facility Site Analysis Selection Committee, The Hutchinson News (https://bit.ly/1N2iIzQ ) reported.

The centers, called transload sites, will move goods between trucks and railcars. They’re expected to provide more flexible and cost-effective shipping for businesses that do not have access to freight rail service or need more warehouse space.

John Maddox, freight and rail program manager for the Kansas Transportation Department, said the next step is working with the cities and stakeholders to develop plans for the centers. Maddox is hoping that process will be done in 90 days.

“I’m confident the cities, state and rail providers will develop a funding package that will allow these projects to move forward,” Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King said in a statement. “I was extremely pleased with the process and partnerships with the trucking industry and the railroads. We learned a great deal about railroad operations, expectations and the potential we have in our state.”

The agency said the facilities will serve businesses and industries within a 45- to 50-mile radius of them.

The CEO of the Finney County Economic Development Corp. previously told the newspaper that the proposal for Garden City involves expanding an existing transload facility that’s been in operation on an industrial site since 2011. It primarily serves the wind industry and now uses about 200 acres. The site has some 900 acres available in all.

Great Bend city officials have said their proposal involves 18 acres at the Airport Industrial Park. The site has access to existing tracks and nearby highways.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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