MoDOT: Current Rail Service "Unacceptable"

ST. LOUIS, MO (KAIT)  - While passenger rail service is growing across the country, trains in Missouri are routinely late and ridership is declining, according to MoDOT.  State and national officials said today that a legislative proposal to improve Amtrack service should stop that trend and revitalize passenger rail service between St. Louis and Kansas City.

MoDOT, along with Amtrack, today called for state approval of a $10.6 million funding increase that is expected to boost on-time performance and ridership.  The proposal calls for new track sections to handle more trains, as well as electronic on-time messenging boards at the ten stations across the state.

"Simply put, the current level of passenger rail service is unacceptable," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.  "The tracks between St. Louis and Kansas City are overloaded and can't handle all the freight and passenger trains.  If we're serious about other transportation options in this state, we've got to invest in this important travel mode between our two largest cities."