S P I R I T of 54

Southwest Passage Initiative for Regional and Interstate Transportation

Michael Reeves, President of Ports to Plains visits with Gaynelle Riffe, President of S.P.I.R.I.T. about the two organizations and the cooperation between the two.

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Supporting Members


4-lane Entire US 54 corridor

Southwest Passage Initiative for Regional and Interstate Transportation

PO Box 811 Liberal KS 67905 US

+1 (620) 624-1540


Federal Legislators designated U.S. Highway 54 from Wichita to El Paso as the S.P.I.R.I.T. High Priority Corridor on the Federal Highway System.

Highway 54 is one of the most heavily traveled 2-lane highways in the U.S.  It is estimated that 40% of daily traffic is commercial  semi-trucks.

A number of critical military installations are located along Highway 54 near El Paso, Alamogordo and Wichita

US-54, a natural NAFTA Corridor, starts at the Bridge of Americas at El Paso, TX, the second busiest US border crossing, connecting with Wichita, & points northeast.


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This is another step for me and another step for S.P.I.R.I.T.

I have passionately worked for the upgrade of U.S. Highway 54 from Wichita, KS to El Paso, TX for a little more than 20 years and have been so pleased with the results that have been accomplished because of the dedicated work of the volunteer Board Members.

Personally, I have been extremely happy to witness the S.P.I.R.I.T. Organization and its efforts being recognized by local, State and Federal representatives at all levels.  U.S. Senators and Representatives, State Senators and Representatives and Governors, County and City officials from all four States, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico now recognize the need for the upgrade of this High Priority Corridor on the National Highway System.  Funds have been dedicated to this upgrade and approvals have been given in all of the States.

Inside this Website, you can read about the progress that has been - and is being - made in each State.  Wow, what a change from 20 years ago!

It makes me feel so good when I meet with any officials and they know that I represent S.P.I.R.I.T. and that I will be urging them to help us - or that I will be thanking them for their help.  I have never wanted to be recognized by them for anything other than the group and Organization I have eagerly represented.

There comes a time when new people with new ideas are needed in any organization and I know that the time is now for me to retire at the age of 81 and after happily serving S.P.I.R.I.T. for 20 years.  I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to do what I have been allowed to do and for being able to meet all the people I have met during this time.  I will continue to volunteer to visit with Kansas folks to help keep the ball rolling.  Good luck, S.P.I.R.I.T.

Jack Taylor

20th Annual Conference

Seward County Community College Liberal, KS

November 17 & 18 2015