The Missouri Department of Transportation has said Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner service between St. Louis and Kansas City will continue to operate at its current level despite a budget cut.
Missouri funds two roundtrips a day between the Show Me State’s largest cities.
MoDOT is paying Amtrak $9.6 annually to operate the service, which serves 10 stations.
Michelle Teel, director of multimodal programs at the Missouri Department of Transportation said that passengers should see no change in the schedule for the foreseeable future.
The governor’s office said in a news release that most of the budget cuts were aimed at rolling back earmarks, new spending items, programs with no established track record of success, and services that are duplicated elsewhere in government.
The $500,000 cut will be rolled into what MoDOT will owe Amtrak in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Teel said MoDOT will negotiate with Amtrak on how to close the funding gap. One option might be to increase fares.
Missouri River Runner ridership in the past fiscal year, which last June 30 was down 7.3 percent from the previous year. Amtrak said ridership was 172,032.
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