Amtrak http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Railroad Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-railroad-bridge-opens-between-st-louis-and-jefferson-city <p>A new <a href="http://www.modot.org/othertransportation/rail/index.htm">railroad</a> bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.&nbsp; Federal Railroad Administrator Joe </span>Szabo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:34:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31727 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Railroad Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City Illinois Budget Sets Out $12M Increase For Amtrak http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-budget-sets-out-12m-increase-amtrak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One area of state government that's not facing cuts under Illinois's worst-ever budget is its support for passenger rail service.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking to increase spending on Amtrak service in the state by $12 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.</span></p></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bloomington&nbsp;Pantagraph reports &nbsp;that the 46 percent increase would bring total spending to $38 million for routes from Chicago to St. Louis, Carbondale and Galesburg.</span></p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:36:08 +0000 The Associated Press 10051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Budget Sets Out $12M Increase For Amtrak Man Struck By Amtrak Train In Pacific http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/man-struck-amtrak-train-pacific <p>Police say an eastern Missouri man has died after he was struck by an Amtrak train.</p><p>Police say the 20-year-old man was walking along railroad tracks in Pacific Wednesday night when he was hit by the train. He was walking home from a restaurant to his home about three blocks away when he was hit.</p><p>About 50 people were on the Amtrak train headed from Kansas City to St. Louis. No one aboard the train was hurt.</p><p>The man's name hasn't been released.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:15:44 +0000 The Associated Press 9970 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Man Struck By Amtrak Train In Pacific Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-doubling-down-high-speed-rail <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was&nbsp;on board&nbsp;Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November, paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:29:36 +0000 Adam Allington, Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 5598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail MoDOT wants input on $1.3 billion rail plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/modot-wants-input-13-billion-rail-plan <p>The <a href="http://modot.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;Department of Transportation (MoDOT)</a>&nbsp;wants public input on a $1.3&nbsp;billion plan for improving and expanding rail service across the state.</p><p>The 20-year plan covers both passenger and freight service.&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>Passenger service recommendations include&nbsp;more round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City and pursuing new passenger routes across Missouri.&nbsp; Those could include&nbsp;new<a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage"> Amtrak </a>routes&nbsp;from&nbsp;St. Louis&nbsp;to Springfield,&nbsp;Kansas City&nbsp;to&nbsp;Springfield,&nbsp;Hannibal to Quincy, Illinois, and Kansas&nbsp;City to Omaha, with a&nbsp;stop in St. Joseph. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 01:58:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3521 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MoDOT wants input on $1.3 billion rail plan Proposed transportation budget could jeopardize Amtrak routes from St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposed-transportation-budget-could-jeopardize-amtrak-routes-st-louis <p>A proposed <a href="http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/12THUD_xml.pdf">federal transportation budget</a> could eliminate Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.</p><p>A <a href="http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/09/12/st-louis-to-kansas-city-amtrak-in-jeopardy/">report on KMOX</a> radio says the House Appropriations subcommittee supports eliminating the federal operating subsidy for trains that also get state funding. That includes all routes between St. Louis and Kansas City and three of five trains between St. Louis and Chicago.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:56:13 +0000 The Associated Press 2029 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposed transportation budget could jeopardize Amtrak routes from St. Louis Amtrak to resume full service between St. Louis and Kansas City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/amtrak-resume-full-service-between-st-louis-and-kansas-city <p><a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage">Amtrak</a> officials say&nbsp;full service between St. Louis and Kansas City will be restored on Wednesday, nearly a month after being disrupted due to flood waters.</p><p>Flooding along the <a href="http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/">Missouri River </a>had forced more freight traffic onto tracks used by Amtrak&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&amp;pagename=am%2FLayout&amp;cid=1241245664594">Missouri River Runner</a>.&nbsp; Spokesman Marc Magliari says the high waters have subsided. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:18:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1728 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Amtrak to resume full service between St. Louis and Kansas City Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-july-19th-2011 <p><strong>Joplin tornado contributes to unemployment</strong></p><p>Missouri officials say the May 22 tornado in Joplin contributed to the net loss of 13,000 jobs in the state. Joplin alone lost 9,400 jobs in June. The State Department of Economic Development says Missouri&rsquo;s jobless rate fell from 8.9 percent in May to 8.8 percent in June. In recovery efforts, Gov. Jay Nixon will make a speech Tuesday in Joplin to announce what he calls a &ldquo;major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:56:10 +0000 Johanna Mayer & The Associated Press 1678 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 Two Amtrak trains between KC and St. Louis remain canceled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/two-amtrak-trains-between-kc-and-st-louis-remain-canceled <p>The high water that&#39;s shut down two of Amtrak&#39;s <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=AM_Route_C&amp;pagename=am%2FLayout&amp;cid=1241245664594">Missouri River Runner</a> trains for more than three weeks will keep those trains off the track until at least Sunday.</p><p>Amtrak had hoped last week that the Missouri River would recede enough to restart service by tomorrow, July 19th.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:42:43 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Two Amtrak trains between KC and St. Louis remain canceled Flooding extends Amtrak disruption in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooding-extends-amtrak-disruption-mo <p>Amtrak is extending the suspension of one its two daily round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City because of continued flooding along the Missouri River.</p><p>The suspension <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooding-cancels-some-amtrak-service">took effect July 2</a> and had been scheduled to expire at midweek. But the passenger train service said Wednesday the change remains in effect at least through Saturday.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:54:55 +0000 The Associated Press & Maria Altman 1588 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Flooding extends Amtrak disruption in Mo.