CHICAGO and JEFFERSON CITY - Leaving a little earlier in the morning or a little later in the afternoon will help ensure a punctual, uninterrupted ride for Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers through the middle of June. Maintenance work on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Sedalia is causing Amtrak to temporarily adjust its schedules from April 25 to June 16, 2010.
The twice-daily St. Louis-Kansas City round-trip trains will operate with the following departure/arrival times at the end-points. The temporary schedules are designed to ensure Amtrak trains continue to operate without lengthy delays and avoid the undesirable option of stopping service and transferring passengers to be driven around the track work on buses.
• Train 311 will depart St. Louis at 6:00 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Kansas City at 11:40 a.m. instead of 2:10 p.m.
• Train 313 will depart St. Louis at 5:15 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. and arrive in Kansas City at 10:55 p.m. instead of 9:40 p.m.
• Train 314 will depart Kansas City at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. and arrive in St. Louis at 12:10 p.m. instead of 1:10 p.m.
• Train 316 will depart Kansas City at 5:15 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. and arrive in St. Louis at 10:55 p.m. instead of 9:40 p.m.
See attached Passenger Service Notice for additional schedule information.
During this time, Union Pacific Railroad will replace more than 22,000 railroad ties in the Sedalia area. Replacement of the ties is necessary to maintain schedules and safety.
"Without these improvements, Amtrak speeds would have to be lowered as a precaution and our schedules would be lengthened," said Rod Massman, Rail Administrator at the Missouri Department of Transportation. "Completing maintenance on the track now will help ensure that the Missouri River Runner continues to run on-time."
Since installation of a side track near California, Mo., was completed in November, the service has experienced a marked reliability improvement. Passengers arrived at either end of the route on-time or early 94 percent of the time in March.
As the schedule has become more dependable, more people are choosing to ride the trains. Ridership in March 2010 was 24.2 percent higher than it was in March 2009.
Amtrak operates the Missouri River Runner service under a contract with MoDOT and with the support of the Missouri Rail Passenger Coalition, a group representing the communities along the 283-mile route.
As the nation's intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company's history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day-at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)-to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.
Our mission is to provide a world-class transportation experience that delights our customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri. For more information, visit www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (within Missouri).
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