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Wichita's bid for rail line grant rejected

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita lost its first bid for a federal grant to help bring an Amtrak line to downtown but city officials say they'll try again.

The city had sought a $12.7 million grant to complete the planning for a possible extension of Amtrak's Heartland Flyer line to Wichita and Newton. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/17E6TXG ) the plan would connect the Heartland Flyer with the Southwest Chief line to close a rail line gap between Wichita and Oklahoma City.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday announced 52 grants in 37 states from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program.

Wichita Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner says the city will work with Kansas Department of Transportation to improve its grant application for the future.