Missouri wins share of Midwestern railway grant

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- MISSOURI NEWS HORIZON -- Brand new passenger cars will soon be traversing the Amtrak rails between St. Louis in Kanas City, as it was announced Wednesday that Missouri will be sharing a $268 million federal railway development award with three other Midwestern states.

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The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be split among Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon said the money will be used to furnish new railcars for the state’s main east-west rail corridor.

“I applaud the Federal Railroad Administration for awarding Missouri this grant to purchase new made-in-America railcars, which will improve passenger service between our state’s two major metro areas and all stops in-between,” Nixon said.

Ridership on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner service between St. Louis and Kansas City has witnessed an increase in passengers over the past year, from 164,000 riders in fiscal year 2010, to 190,000 passengers in fiscal year 2011.