Missouri River Runner
|Missouri River Runner|
A Missouri River Runner at Kansas City in 2010.
|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|First service||January 28, 2009|
192,077 total (FY12)
|Distance travelled||283 mi (455.44 km)|
|Average journey time||5 hours, 40 minutes|
|Train number(s)||311, 313, 314, 316|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Track owner(s)||Union Pacific Railroad|
The Missouri River Runner is a 283-mile (455 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak running between Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center in St. Louis and Kansas City Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Four trains operate daily (two round trips) on this route: 311 and 313 westbound, and 314 and 316 eastbound.
The new route name was announced in January 2009 as part of the “Name The Train” contest held by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The winning name was submitted by Keith Kohler of Glendale, Missouri. Service between St. Louis and Kansas City is financed primarily through funds made available by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
In November 2009, Amtrak and Union Pacific completed an $8.1 million 9,000 feet (2,700 m) siding near California, Missouri, designed to improve performance along the route. The siding, funded by the state of Missouri and the Federal Railway Administration, was credited with helping improve Amtrak's on-time performance. Due to these improvements, on time performance has increased from less than 70% to 95%.
During fiscal year 2012, the service carried a total of 192,077 passengers, a 1.8% increase from FY 2011's total of 186,554 passengers. The trains had a total revenue of $4,763,442 during FY 2011, an increase of 16.9% from FY 2010's total of $4,073,303.
As of October 1, 2013, provisions of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 prohibit Amtrak from using its federal operating grant to share the cost of the Missouri River Runner route; the 2008 act prohibits cost-sharing on any route shorter than 750 miles (1,210 km).
The Missouri River Runner consists of the following:
- One GE Genesis P40DC or P42DC locomotive
- Three to five Horizon Fleet or Amfleet I coaches
- One Amfleet I or Horizon Fleet cafe/business car
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- Amtrak - Missouri River Runner
- MoDOT - Name The Train
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- "New siding eliminates Amtrak, UP bottleneck in Missouri". ProgressiveRailroading.com. December 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
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- "AMTRAK DELIVERS A 100 PERCENT ON-TIME PERFORMANCE DURING BUSY HOLIDAY WEEK". Missouri Department of Transportation. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "Amtrak Ridership Rolls Up Best Ever Records". Amtrak. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Amtrak Expects to Continue Route Between St. Louis, KC". Washington Missourian. May 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-07. "...effective Oct. 1 Amtrak won’t be able to use its federal operating grant to help share the cost of routes that are shorter than 750 miles with states, due to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which Congress passed in 2008."
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