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Amtrak service suspended through next week due to flooding

Amtrak service suspended through next week due to flooding

March 22nd, 2019 by News Tribune in Local News

Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced Friday that the twice-daily Amtrak passenger train service will remain suspended through March 28.

The service is tentatively scheduled to resume March 29.

The reason for the suspension is the continued re-routing of freight train traffic by the rail line owner, Union Pacific. Freight trains are having to take the Missouri River route due to the flooding of tracks in the northern part of the state.

The service was first suspended Monday after the freight congestion on the Missouri River line Sunday caused Amtrak to have delays as long as five hours. Amtrak tried to run again Tuesday but was again shut down Wednesday.

As long as the Amtrak trains aren't running, those who have bought tickets for the trains will be bused to their destinations on the route.

In Jefferson City, buses will pick up passengers at the Amtrak station on Jefferson Street.

For booking information, go to amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-Rail. To check for any additional service changes, go to the Missouri River Runner Facebook page or @MoRiverRunner on Twitter.