Route Map of the Missouri River Runner.

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Missouri River Runner
The Missouri River Runner is a 283-mile (455 km) 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.

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. 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.

In November 2009, Amtrak and Union Pacific completed an $8.1 million 9,000 ft (2,700 m) 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. Due to these improvements, on time performance has increased from less than 70% to 95%.

During fiscal year 2015, the service carried a total of 178,915 passengers, a 5.5% decrease from FY 2014's total of 189,402 passengers. The trains had a total revenue of $5,108,200 during FY 2015, a decrease of 4.4% from FY 2014's total of $5,341,229.

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).

Equipment used
The Missouri River Runner consists of the following:

One GE Genesis P40DC or P42DC locomotive
Three to five Horizon Fleet or Amfleet I coaches
One Amfleet I or Horizon Fleet cafe/business car

Missouri River Runner Overview
Service type: Inter-city rail
Locale: Missouri
Predecessor: Kansas City Mule, St. Louis Mule
First service: January 28, 2009
Current operator: Amtrak
Ridership: 490 daily, 178,915 total (FY15)
Start: Kansas City
Stops: 8
End: St. Louis
Distance traveled: 283 mi (455.44 km)
Average journey time: 5 hours, 40 minutes
Train numbers: 311, 313, 314, 316
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Track owner: Union Pacific Railroad

See also:

Ann Rutledge


Named Passenger Trains

Missouri River Runner Route Map.

The eastbound afternoon Missouri River Runner at Kansas City Union Station  in 2010.

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An eastbound afternoon Missouri River Runner at Kansas City Union Station in 2010.

Distance - Station
0 mi - Kansas City - 0 km
10 mi - Independence - 16 km
23 mi - Lee's Summit -37 km
65 mi - Warrensburg - 105 km
94 mi - Sedalia -151 km
158 mi - Jefferson City - 254 km
202 mi - Hermann - 325 km
232 mi - Washington - 373 km
270 mi - Kirkwood - 435 km
283 mi - St. Louis - 455 km

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