Missouri Lawmakers Mull Cutting Amtrak Service

Missouri lawmakers are considering making Missouri River Runner Service just one roundtrip a day, which is what it has been since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Before the pandemic Missouri funded two daily roundtrips between St. Louis and Kansas City.

But a proposal before the House Budget Committee would only pay for one roundtrip even though the Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking funding for double daily service.

MoDOT said the River Runners handled 172,000 passengers annually before two years of service disruptions.

These included flooding that led Amtrak to transport passengers by bus rather than the train.

The route itself was unaffected by the flooding but host railroad Union Pacific routed freight trains off other route that were closed by high water.

Ridership also has fallen during the pandemic transportation officials said.

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