Posts Tagged ‘Jefferson City Missouri’

Jefferson City Station to Stay Put for Now

January 13, 2021

The State of Missouri has given officials in Jefferson City six more months to find a new site for an Amtrak station.

The station currently is a trailer situated in the parking lot of the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site.

The state has ordered the trailer removed in order to create additional parking spaces for state employees.

One proposed site for the trailer was nearby city-owned land, but that proposal fell through because it would have been blocked by one of the entrances to the historic site lot.

The station for several years had been located in the Union Hotel. However, it was closed in fall 2019 due to structural defects in that building.

Jefferson City is served by Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

BOGO Tickets Being Offered from Jefferson City

January 8, 2020

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation Amtrak is offering a buy one, get one fare sale for travel to and from Jefferson City, Missouri.

For each adult coach ticket purchased through Feb. 29 using discount code V716, a second adult traveling on the same itinerary can travel free of charge aboard one of the Missouri River Runner trains.

The offer is valid for adult coach seats only and no additional discounts can be applied.

All sales are final and no upgrade to business class is permitted.

Exchanges are permitted within the ticket validity period subject to a 25 percent cancellation fee. For more information, including other terms and conditions, visit Amtrak.com.

Amtrak said in a news release that the BOGO tickets are to thank the community for its patience while local, state and Amtrak officials worked to provide a temporary station after the regular station was closed to due to structural defects.

The temporary station is located along the boarding platform a half-block west of the regular Amtrak station, which closed last October.

The Missouri River Runner trains are funded by MoDOT. Trains 311, 313, 314 and 316 operate daily between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Temporary Jefferson City Station Now Open

January 2, 2020

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.

Trailer to be ‘Temporary’ Jefferson City Station

December 16, 2019

A trailer is being readied in Jefferson City, Missouri, to serve as a temporary Amtrak station.

The existing station inside the Union Hotel was closed two months ago after a structural inspection of the site found it to be unsafe.

The hotel was built in 1855 and is part of the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site that also houses the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery.

Officials say the temporary station is expected to open within two to three weeks

The trailer is being provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and will be situated in parking lot No. 3 adjacent to the Lohman Building at the Jefferson City landing.

The trailer are on site and workers from the Jefferson City Street Division are connecting utilities for restrooms and constructing a handicap-accessible ramp for the entrance.

Tiffany Patterson, director of the Missouri State Museum and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, said her agency will conduct short-term study on what could be done to shore up the building.

The primary short-term concern is the north wall of the hotel, which faces the railroad tracks, where a bulge has developed.

“We completed some selective demolition in the hotel on the interior finish, looking at masonry of the interior wall so the engineer can better look at it,” Patterson said. “He should be back to do his inspection at the end of week, and we’re not sure how long before his final report is done, but we can’t make plans to move forward until that report is done.”

In the meantime, Amtrak passengers have been waiting beneath tents and forced to use portable restrooms. Seating is a handful of lawn chairs, office chairs and a bench

Officials said the last major masonry repair at the hotel was done in the early 1970s, although the roof was replaced in 2017.

Missouri State Parks leases the hotel property from from the Office of Administration of the DNR. The parks agency is responsible for maintaining the property.

Jefferson City is the fourth busiest Amtrak station in Missouri, trailing Kansas City, St. Louis and Kirkwood.

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a state rail plan in 2012 that called for construction of a new Amtrak station.

The cost of that facility was put at $11 million, but funding for the project has yet to be approved.

Jefferson City Waiting Room Temporarily Closed

October 7, 2019

The waiting room of the Amtrak station in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been temporarily closed.

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains will continue to stop at the station platforms to board and discharge passengers.

The closure does not affect the station platforms.

During the closure Amtrak said passengers will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms.

City volunteers will be on site to help with questions or directions during scheduled train times.

Amtrak did not explain in its service advisory why the waiting room is closed or how long the closure will last.

Missouri River Runner Ridership up in Jefferson City

November 20, 2017

The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that ridership on the Missouri River Runners spiked 5 percent between July and October at Jefferson City.

Thus far this year, ridership has been 13,950. Last year’s patronage for the same period was 13,330.

MDOT Officials believe the ridership boost has been the result of increased gas prices and successful summer promotions attracting new riders.

Officials had blamed falling gasoline prices for a decline in ridership of the  St. Louis-Kansas City trains.