Temporary Jefferson City Station Now Open

A temporary Amtrak station has opened in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The station is a trailer located in the visitor parking area of a state-owned parking lot.

Amtrak had been using the Union Hotel as its waiting room, but that building was closed last fall after an inspection of the 19th century structure found serious structural problems.

The trailer was donated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and is located near the former Amtrak station.

The hotel is part of the Jefferson Landing State Historical Site and is owned by the Missouri Office of Administration, which also owns the parking lot where the trailer is located.

In the meantime, the state is conducting studies to determine how to shore up the old hotel building.

Tiffany Patterson, director of the Missouri State Museum and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, said an engineering firm is conducting a short-term study as well as a long-term study of how to do that.

The primary concern is the hotel’s north wall of the hotel, which has developed a bulge.

Jefferson City is served by four daily Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis and Kansas City that are funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

After the Union Hotel was ordered closed, Amtrak passengers had been waiting for their trains beneath an outdoor tent and using portable restrooms brought to the site.

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