Dr. Michael Babcock, Kansas State University Researcher:
"Transportation and handling costs for wheat would be 21 million higher that
it is now and that road damage would be about 58 million on an annual basis.
So you add those two together and you get pretty close to 80 million dollars
which is an annual benefit of having shortlines in place. So you can see the
interrelationship between a healthy shortline rail system and the state's highway
system health. The shortlines aren't there anymore then all that wheat has to
be moved by truck on county and state roads and it produces a lot of annual
Charles Swayze, General Manager Farmers' Coop
of Isabel, KS:
"Most of our grain moves to the south to the gulf, through Wichita to the mills,
so the railroad really works good for us. So it was so important for us to try
to keep the railroads."