Flooding Extends Amtrak Disruption in MissouriJuly 19, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Flooding along the Missouri River continues to disrupt Amtrak passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Amtrak said Monday it's extending the suspension of the morning train from St. Louis and the afternoon train from Kansas City at least until July 24. The adjustments are needed to accommodate Union Pacific trains that use some of the same track, which is owned by Union Pacific and runs along the river.
The affect trains are number 311 and number 316 of a route called the Missouri River Runner.
The morning 313 train from Kansas City and the afternoon 314 train from St. Louis remain in service.
Amtrak shuts down some routes until Sunday at leastwww.missourinet.com
July 8, 2011
There’s flood water on 20 different places on Amtrak’s River Route – that’s the path between Kansas City and Jefferson City. The transportation department rail administrator Rod Mastman says full service could be back late this weekend, though the projections change frequently.
Mastman says there are two sets of tracks, one near the river and one farther away. All the trips from the river route have been put on the route through Sedalia. He says that slows traffic on the Sedalia line, and causes lots of headaches for coal trains and Amtrak.
He says this causes a backup in traffic because freight trains filled with coal move slower than passenger trains. If passengers have their trip canceled, there are three options. Amtrak is providing busses, an alternate trip on a different line for a different day, or a full refund.
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