Posts Tagged ‘Arcadia Missouri’

Texas Eagle to Miss Arcadia Valley This Month

November 9, 2017

Due to Union Pacific track work, the Texas Eagle will be missing its scheduled station stop at Arcadia Valley, Missouri for most of November.

Nos. 21/22 are being detoured between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and will not be passing through Arcadia Valley between Nov. 9 and 23.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that during this period alternative service will not be provided to or from Arcadia Valley.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Station to Open Nov. 17; Cincinnati Temporary Facility Opens in December

November 5, 2016

A grand opening and ribbon cutting has been set for Nov. 17 at the new Arcadia Valley, Missouri, Amtrak station.

Amtrak 4The event will be held at 2 p.m., but the first train won’t arrive until 10:30 p.m. that night.

The station, located in Arcadia, Missouri, will be served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The new station features a new platform and station facilities, although it uses a former Missouri Pacific passenger depot.

In other Amtrak station news, the temporary Amtrak Station at Cincinnati Union Terminal is expected to begin operations in December.

Parking for passengers will be available on Kenner Street with access to the boarding platform being provided via a temporary structure that will lead to the current Amtrak platform. Arrangements are being made to assist handicapped passengers up the ramp.

CUT is being remodeled over the next couple of years but Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal will continue to stop there.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Station Nearly Finished

September 26, 2016

The new Amtrak station for Arcadia Valley, Missouri, is almost complete and officials are hoping that service can begin as early as late October.

Amtrak Texas EagleThe station is in the southeastern section of the state would be served by Amtrak’s Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The platform and and lighting has been installed and the final touches were being put on the fencing. Workers will soon begin work on the the parking lot.

The process to establish a station began in 2012 with local officials working with Amtrak, the Missouri Department of Transporation, Union Pacific and the city of Arcadia.

Much of the work has been spearheaded by a community action group, Our Town Tomorrow.

Arcadia Valley Breaks Ground to Construct Platform to be Used as New Texas Eagle Stop

May 5, 2016

A ground breaking ceremony was recently held for a new Amtrak stop to serve Arcadia Valley, Missouri, which is located on the route of the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

Officials said the Eagle might be stopping in Arcadia as soon as the end of the summer.

Amtrak Texas EagleThe city’s former Missouri Pacific station is now used by the chamber of commerce and is expected to be used by Amtrak.

But first a platform needs to be built and the ground breaking event marked the state of that work. The ceremony was attended by a crown of about 100.

“It’s taken a long time,” said Arcadia Mayor Roy Carr. “I didn’t think when they started this that it would ever materialize, but I believe it will now.”

Also speaking at the ceremony was Marc Magliari, an Amtrak manager of media relations.

“As America’s railroad we connect the small and large together,” he said. “We have more than 30 million passengers every year riding Amtrak trains. This train — the Texas Eagle — will take you without a change of seats all the way to San Antonio and then four days a week all the way to Los Angeles. Going the other way, of course, we go to St. Louis and there you can make connections or stay on the Texas Eagle and go on to Chicago every day.”

Magliari recalled being contacted by Carol Kelsheimer of Our Town Tomorrow about the Arcadia Valley project.

“Of the 20,000 or so Amtrak employees only about 10 of us have phone numbers people can find on the Internet,” he said. “A few years ago my phone rang and on the other end of that was Carol. Carol says, ‘We want a stop in the Arcadia Valley.’

“Now, I get calls like this every so often and there are people who have been working to get a stop for a very long time who have yet to have a groundbreaking, but because of Carol, your elected officials and our partners with the Missouri Department of Transportation — a little bit because of that settlement from Ameren — we are here today.”

Missouri Town Gets Federal Grant to Renovate Station as Step Toward Establishing Amtrak Stop

January 28, 2016

A former Missouri Pacific station in Southeast Missouri may become a new stop for Amtrak’s Texas Eagle.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has received a $100,000 federal grant that will be used to renovate the station in Arcadia.

MissouriNo time frame for completion of the work has been announced nor is it clear yet if Amtrak has approved stopping its Chicago-San Antonio train in Arcadia, which is a city of nearly 600 in Iron County.

The city also is the home of Arcadia College and is located in a region that was once a major mining area.

The Iron County Economic Partnership has put up some matching funds for the station renovation project.

“I think this is going to have a very, very good outcome for Iron County — I really do — from a tourism standpoint,” said Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs. “I don’t think we could ask for anything more. Our hope is that if we can get people to stop in the downtown area and we can show them what we have to offer, they’ll come back — and that was the whole idea of the Amtrak train stop.”

Currently, the only Southeast Missouri stop for the Texas Eagle is in Poplar Bluff.