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MO transportation bill wrap up to kick off the week

There was a lot of activity last week in Jefferson City with regards to transportation in Missouri.    Senator Kehoe filed SJR 16.  Upon voter approval, the bill would call for a temporary one-cent sales and use tax to bolster the creation and maintenance of city, county and state transportation needs by raising $7.9 billion in … Continued

Ridership Grows on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner

Ridership on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner route is up 4 percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, which is roughly 2,000 passengers more than the same time period the previous year. Increases in ridership are likely due to mild weather, holidays, and improved service, including on-time performance of trains, according to the Missouri … Continued

CMT Brings Back the Transit Pic Contest for December

CMT has hosted the Transit Picture Contest for over a year now!  The contest, unfortunately, was not held the past few months, but is now back just in time for the holiday season!  CMT encourages everyone to submit their pictures of public transportation and as a reward, at the end of the month, the best … Continued

Higher Speed Rail Service Begins

This past Friday, higher speed rail service of 110 mph began on a segment between St. Louis and Chicago.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider and Amtrak officials announced that 110 mph rail service has started on a 15-mile segment along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor just in time for this past … Continued

Union Pacific recognizes Kirkwood as Train Town USA

The City of Kirkwood has been recognized as a Train Town USA by the Union Pacific Railroad as part of their 150th anniversary celebration.   A public ceremony and presentation of the Train Town USA recognition was held on October 30. Union Pacific developed the Train Town USA registry as part of its sesquicentennial celebration.  According … Continued

Tapping into High Speed Rail in Midwest at first event

 On Wednesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m., Citizens for Modern Transit and the Vanguard Cabinet’s Transportation Committee present “Tapping Into Transit: High Speed Rail in the Midwest,” a presentation on the progress and future of high-speed rail from Saint Louis to Chicago. Midwest High-Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will provide attendees with a … Continued

Amtrak Updates

Updates to the track for Illinois’ high-speed route between Chicago and St. Louis are on schedule to be completed by the end of 2012.  As such, Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak are planning to preview higher speed trains starting September 2012, from Dwight to Pontiac. Elsewhere in the country, there are speed increases to … Continued

Missouri River Runner Service Changes

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner’s trains 311, 314 and 316 will experience changes to service, effective July 9-October 20, due to track maintenance. Train 311 will depart all stations approximately two hours earlier. Train 314 will depart all stations approximately one hour earlier. Train 316 will depart all stations approximately one hour later. The schedule for … Continued

Contractor opportunities available on IL high speed rail project

Construction is underway on the high speed rail extension between Chicago and St. Louis.  IDOT and Union Pacific are about to open the TIER 2 Bid Package for contractors.  Business opportunities with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) go through a bidding process. The bidding process for both organizations … Continued

National TRAIN DAY event set for Kirkwood Amtrak Station on May 12

Kirkwood Police will participate in “National Train Day” Saturday, May 12th, 2012, at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station by having safety information and handouts for children and adults focusing on staying safe around railroad tracks and crossings.  The event is this Saturday, May 12th, from 8AM to 2PM at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station, 110 West Argonne … Continued

Missouri Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Transportation Needs formed

Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley recently formed a Blue Ribbon Citizens Committe on Missouri’s Transportation needs which will be holding public meetings across the state in the next several weeks.  The committee is being chaired by Rod Jetton and Bill McKenna, and they will be looking at total transportation needs in the state. It is … Continued

Funding for Amtrak in jeopardy

Funding for Amtrak is currently under consideration by the Appropriations Committee (Chair, Kurt Schaeffer) to be eliminated from the budget.   The decision will be revealed this coming Tuesday when the committee reconvenes.   Discontinuing Amtrak service on the Kansas City and St. Louis route would mean that Missouri would be obligated to repay $50 million in federal rail infrastructure … Continued

MoDOT releases Draft of Missouri State Rail Plan

MoDOT has completed and posted a draft of the Missouri State Rail Plan to their website!  They will be seeking public comments on the draft at meetings in April.  The draft plan and meeting schedule is available at  (When you get to this web page, click on the State Rail Plan logo on the left.)  … Continued

February Transit Picture Contest

Only a few days left to submit a picture for our monthly transit picture contest! We will be picking a winner Friday afternoon, so submit on our Facebook  page, via Twitter, or email to before noon for a chance to win a monthly Metro pass!

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