St. Louis To Kansas City Amtrak In Jeopardy
Brian Kelly/Brad Choat
September 12, 2011
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s a warning today that it will be a lot tougher to take the train to Chicago —and impossible to take it to Kansas City — if the U.S. House Republican transportation budget plan becomes law.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee is proposing eliminating federal funding to Amtrak to cover operating costs for state-supported trains. That would include all of them between St. Louis and Kansas City and 3 of the 5 between St. Louis and Chicago.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the cuts would come at a bad time, “Ridership on both of these routes is up. Federal funding to make track improvements to and from St. Louis is in place to enable the service to operate even better.”
Magliari says plans are already in place to shift more cost to the states, but if passed, this plan would cut off federal funding abruptly on October first.
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