Passenger Rail Plan

Missouri River Runner By The Numbers
Jobs Annually
Labor Income Annually
$65 Million
Annual Economic Activity
$208 Million
Annual Tax Revenue
$22 Million

The passenger rail component of the plan examines the economic impact of the Missouri River Runner Amtrak passenger train service. It evaluates the direct and indirect economic benefits of the Missouri River Runner service on the tourism, travel and transportation industries across the state. There was also a review of the Southwest Chief and the Texas Eagle.  Read the Executive Summary here Economic Impact of Passenger Rail Technical Report.

It’s important to note that:

  • A plan for passenger rail is necessary for the state to receive federal funds to maintain and improve passenger rail service. There is no dedicated federal funding source for passenger rail, so these funds are vital to the River Runner’s long-term viability.
  • Many Missouri residents and visitors depend on the River Runner, however, the level of funding does not meet the current operating expenses of the River Runner. 
  • Enhanced service can provide important economic benefits to Missouri communities. For example, service to Hermann, MO provides opportunities for the local wineries and other small businesses to capitalize on tourism dollars.