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Missouri River Runner

The Missouri River Runner is a 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.[1]


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The Missouri River Runner route was formerly operated as part of the Missouri Service train network, which included the Ann Rutledge, Kansas City Mule, and the St. Louis Mule.

The new route name was announced in January 2009 as part of the “Name The Train” contest held by the Missouri Department of Transportation.[2][3] 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.[4]

In November 2009, Amtrak and Union Pacific completed an $8.1 million 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.[5][6] Due to these improvements, on time performance has increased from less than 70% to 95%.[7][8]

During fiscal year 2013, the service carried a total of 199,470 passengers, a 1.8% increase from FY 2012's total of 195,885 passengers.[9] The trains had a total revenue of $5,617,913 during FY 2013, an increase of 9.3% from FY 2012's total of $5,139,069.[9]

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).[10]

Equipment used

The Missouri River Runner consists of the following:[11]


Amtrak Missouri River Runner (interactive map)

See also


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