TOPEKA — Topeka's governing body plans on Tuesday to consider asking Kansas U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts to ask Amtrak to call off its plans to stop maintaining a ticket agent in Topeka.

A resolution proposed by Councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz that would make that move is among items scheduled to be considered for action when the governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Michelle De La Isla, meets at 6 p.m. in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

The proposed resolution would direct city manager Brent Trout to provide Jenkins, Roberts and Moran a letter asking them "to intercede on the City's behalf by requesting of Amtrak that it provide full passenger service at its Topeka facility."

The resolution would also direct Trout to send Amtrak a letter asking that it "retain the current service level including the retention of a customer service representative."

Ortiz made an impassioned plea at this week's council meeting for Topekans to join her in trying to save the job of Amtrak's Topeka ticket agent, James Woods, who works out of the railroad's station at 500 S.E. Holliday.

Amtrak announced late last month that its Topeka ticket window would close May 20. That's now been moved up to May 18, Woods told governing body members Tuesday.

In deciding to do away with the position, Amtrak officials stressed that most of their ticket sales come online. Fewer than one of 10 of their tickets is sold at a ticket counter, they said.