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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”