Amtrak

Transportation
5:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Railroad Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City

An Amtrak train crosses over the new railroad bridge minutes after being opened for rail traffic at Osage City, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

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Transportation
11:36 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Illinois Budget Sets Out $12M Increase For Amtrak

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

One area of state government that's not facing cuts under Illinois's worst-ever budget is its support for passenger rail service.

Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking to increase spending on Amtrak service in the state by $12 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports  that the 46 percent increase would bring total spending to $38 million for routes from Chicago to St. Louis, Carbondale and Galesburg.

A 2008 federal law requires states to start picking up a larger part of the tab for rail service on routes shorter than 750 miles.

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Man Struck By Train
10:15 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Man Struck By Amtrak Train In Pacific

Credit (via Flickr/jpmueller99)

Police say an eastern Missouri man has died after he was struck by an Amtrak train.

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.

About 50 people were on the Amtrak train headed from Kansas City to St. Louis. No one aboard the train was hurt.

The man's name hasn't been released.

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High-speed rail tested in Illinois
3:29 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail

Officials rode an Amtrak train at 110 mph in central Illinois Friday.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was on board 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. 

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MO Statehouse
8:58 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

MoDOT wants input on $1.3 billion rail plan

(via Flickr/jpmueller99)

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) wants public input on a $1.3 billion plan for improving and expanding rail service across the state.

The 20-year plan covers both passenger and freight service.   Passenger service recommendations include more round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City and pursuing new passenger routes across Missouri.  Those could include new Amtrak routes from St. Louis to Springfield, Kansas City to Springfield, Hannibal to Quincy, Illinois, and Kansas City to Omaha, with a stop in St. Joseph.

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Amtrak funding
8:56 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Proposed transportation budget could jeopardize Amtrak routes from St. Louis

A proposed federal transportation budget could eliminate Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.
(via Flickr/jpmueller99)

A proposed federal transportation budget could eliminate Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

A report on KMOX 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.

Amtrak service
5:18 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Amtrak to resume full service between St. Louis and Kansas City

(via Flickr/jpmueller99)

Amtrak officials say full service between St. Louis and Kansas City will be restored on Wednesday, nearly a month after being disrupted due to flood waters.

Flooding along the Missouri River had forced more freight traffic onto tracks used by Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner.  Spokesman Marc Magliari says the high waters have subsided.

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Morning Round-up
7:56 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The devestating May 22 tornado that ripped through Joplin contributed to a loss of 9,400 jobs in the city. Gov. Jay Nixon will be in Joplin Tuesday to announce an initiative for home rebuilding.
(via flickr/slprnews)

Joplin tornado contributes to unemployment

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’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 “major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs.”  

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Amtrak cancelations
3:42 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Two Amtrak trains between KC and St. Louis remain canceled

(via Flickr/jpmueller99)

The high water that's shut down two of Amtrak's Missouri River Runner trains for more than three weeks will keep those trains off the track until at least Sunday.

Amtrak had hoped last week that the Missouri River would recede enough to restart service by tomorrow, July 19th.

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Amtrak
5:54 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Flooding extends Amtrak disruption in Mo.

An Amtrak traincar.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

The suspension took effect July 2 and had been scheduled to expire at midweek. But the passenger train service said Wednesday the change remains in effect at least through Saturday.

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