Amtrak Missouri River Runner ridership increases as more Missourians are parking their cars and taking the train.
During Amtrak's 2013 fiscal year, ridership increased to 196,661 passengers marking it the sixth consecutive year of growth.
The primary reason behind the Missouri River Runner growth is reliability. This year engineers delivered passengers on time 90% of the time. Customer satisfaction was highly ranked at 91% which is the third best of all Amtrak routes year-to-date.
"If you havenâ??t ridden the train in a while, try it again. You will be pleased with the quality of service on the Missouri River Runner," said Michelle Teel, multimodal operations director at the Missouri Department of Transportation. "Significant investments in the corridor and committed efforts by Union Pacific, Amtrak and MoDOT ensure passengers get to their destinations on time and at a very reasonable price."
A growth in riders has resulted in greater ticket revenues which will reduce the amount of state financial support.
Ticket revenue has increased by 130% in the last six years.
Twice a day the Missouri River Runner serves Kansas City, St. Louis and eight points in between â?? Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Leeâ??s Summit and Independence.
Reservation and train status information is available at Amtrak.com, by using the free Amtrak smartphone app and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).