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July 08, 2010 12:00 AM
Amtrak MISSOURI RIVER RUNNER Goes Green-er
Recycled aluminum cans to benefit River City Habitat for Humanity

CHICAGO and JEFFERSON CITY -Aluminum cans recycled from Amtrak Missouri River Runner trains, will be donated to the River City Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson City to help build a house for a deserving family.

"Amtrak is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation and we are striving to make it even greener in Missouri," said Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Rail Administrator Rod Massman. "By implementing a recycling program, we will reduce waste and help protect the environment. At the same time, we will help a family realize the American dream of owning a home."

Starting this week, aluminum cans collected from the twice-daily St. Louis-Kansas City service will be dropped off daily at the capital city Amtrak station. The River City Habitat for Humanity's Aluminum Can Recycling Committee will use the proceeds from the cans on a home currently under construction at 815 Montana in Jefferson City. The project is known as the "house that cans built" because it's primarily funded by the group's recycling committee and programs such as this one by Amtrak passengers.

Eco-savvy Amtrak riders can now recycle aluminum cans across the national network of Amtrak trains. Amtrak is committed to making recycling an integral part of train travel and strives to protect the environment and conserve its resources by reusing material, recycling waste and preventing pollution.

"Traveling by rail is approximately 20 percent more fuel efficient than airlines and 28 percent more than automobiles on a per-passenger-mile basis, and thus generates a lesser amount of carbon dioxide than both air and car travel," said Roy Deitchman, Amtrak Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety. "Even as Amtrak has increased train miles and frequencies across the country, we continue to reduce our consumption of diesel fuel, thanks to improved practices and conservation measures."

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. Ridership on the route for the past eight months, Oct. 2009-May 2010, is up by 12 percent versus the previous year, totaling 103,836.

About Amtrak

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.

About MoDOT

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).

About River City Habitat for Humanity

River City Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the Jefferson City area. Over the past seven years, the capital city affiliate has recycled more than 80,000 pounds of aluminum cans, earning more than $41,000. For more information about River City Habitat for Humanity, go to www.rivercityhabitat.org.

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