Recently-released figures from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) give some positive data for Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner, which runs twice daily between St. Louis and Kansas City. The 283-mile east-west route has ten stops and operates on Union Pacific track. 

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The recent Thanksgiving week of travel in November saw a 9 percent increase from 2017, with 4,764 passengers riding the River Runner for the holiday this year. Revenue was also up for the July-October period in 2018, at $2.085 million compared to $2.066 last year. The top four stations for percentage of passengers are Kansas City, St. Louis, Kirkwood, and Jefferson City.

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Beginning in late 2017, Missouri River Runner trains are now pulled by new Siemens diesel-electric locomotives, each dubbed an “Amtrak Midwest Charger”. The River Runner is set to replace their fleet of six passenger cars by 2021, at the latest. The new cars will have lifts for wheelchair access, as well as new seats and safety features.

The total Missouri River Runner trip between St. Louis and Kansas currently runs at 5 hours and 40 minutes.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

2 comments

    1. Hi Marie…thanks for the visit to the site and hope you’re doing well. The Missouri River Runner is a state corridor train (i.e. supported by state of Missouri) and I think such a model could work on the Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury route…as that is effectively a population “corridor” in Northern Ontario.

      If we had provincial support (e.g. have Ontario Northland run it), it could work. At the very least, why not try to set that up if Huron Central is going to get provincial funding to upgrade their tracks? We could make prioritized passenger service a condition to receive those tax dollars.

      Cheers!
      Chad

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