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Missouri seeks $1 billion in federal funds to improve passenger rail service

(The following appeared on the Kansas City Star website on March 30, 2010.)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri is seeking nearly $1 billion in federal funds to continue its push for better passenger rail service between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Gov. Jay Nixon and state transportation officials appeared at an Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis on Tuesday to announce the $973 million application for federal railroad funds.

“This is an exciting opportunity in terms of both transportation and economic development that we will not let go by,” Nixon said in a statement.

If approved, the grant would pour $373 million into the state’s Missouri River Runner service, which travels two times daily between Kansas City and St. Louis.

The money would fund track, bridge and station improvements, buy new train cars and remove grade crossings to allow speedier service between the cities.

The full story is on the Kansas City Star website.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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