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The Missouri River Runner is a 283-mile (455 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak running between Gateway 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.[2]

Missouri River Runner
MORR at Kansas City in 2010.jpg
A Missouri River Runner at Kansas City in 2010.
Service typeInter-city rail
Ann Rutledge
First serviceJanuary 28, 2009
Current operator(s)Amtrak
Ridership490 daily
178,915 total (FY15)[1]
StartKansas City
EndSt. Louis
Distance travelled283 mi (455.44 km)
Average journey time5 hours, 40 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)311, 313, 314, 316[2]
On-board services
Class(es)Coach and Business
Seating arrangementsAirline-style coach seating
Catering facilitiesOn-board café
Rolling stockHorizon and Amfleet I coaches
Siemens Charger or GE Genesis locomotives
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s)Union Pacific Railroad



The Missouri River Runner route was formerly operated as part of the Missouri Service train network, which included the Missouri Mules (known as the Kansas City Mule westbound and the St. Louis Mule eastbound) and the Ann Rutledge. The Missouri Service, in turn, ran along what had been the western leg of a route that had been serviced for most of the 20th century by long-distance trains from New York City, most notably in a 52-year run by the Spirit of St. Louis (1927-1971) and its successor, the National Limited (1971-1979). When the National Limited was canceled in 1979, Missouri officials pressed for the introduction of the Mules in order to maintain the same level of service between St. Louis and Kansas City. The Ann Rutledge, previously a Chicago-Kansas City train, had its eastern terminus cut back to St. Louis in 2006.

The new route name was announced in January 2009 as part of the "Name The Train" contest held by the Missouri Department of Transportation.[3][4] The winning name was submitted by Keith Kohler of Glendale, Missouri; it reflects the fact that the route largely parallels the Missouri River. The other finalists were Missouri Rail Blazer, ShowMeMO, Truman Service and River Cities Corridor. The service is financed primarily through funds made available by the Missouri Department of Transportation.[5]

In November 2009, Amtrak and Union Pacific completed an $8.1 million 9,000 feet (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.[6][7] Due to these improvements, on time performance has increased from less than 70% to 95%.[8][9]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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).[10]

One daily Runner round trip connects with the Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Service.

Equipment usedEdit

The Missouri River Runner consists of the following:[11]

  • One Siemens Charger locomotive, starting in December of 2017
  • One Amfleet I or Horizon Club Dinnete
  • Two Horizon Fleet coaches
  • Four Baggage Cars (to comply with 30 axle minimum)


Amtrak Missouri River Runner (interactive map)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Amtrak FY15 Ridership & Revenue" (PDF). Amtrak. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Amtrak (October 14, 2012). "Amtrak Service in Illinois and Missouri" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  3. ^ Amtrak - Missouri River Runner
  4. ^ MoDOT - Name The Train
  5. ^ "Missouri Amtrak trains get a new name". USA Today. January 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  6. ^ Miller, Kermit (December 8, 2009). "State officials dedicate new rail to AMTRAK". KRCG. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  7. ^ "New siding eliminates Amtrak, UP bottleneck in Missouri". December 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  8. ^ "Missouri River Runner". Amtrak. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  9. ^ "AMTRAK DELIVERS A 100 PERCENT ON-TIME PERFORMANCE DURING BUSY HOLIDAY WEEK". Missouri Department of Transportation. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Amtrak Expects to Continue Route Between St. Louis, KC". Washington Missourian. May 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-07. ...effective Oct. 1 Amtrak won't be able to use its federal operating grant to help share the cost of routes that are shorter than 750 miles with states, due to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which Congress passed in 2008.
  11. ^ "MISSOURI RIVER RUNNER". TrainWeb. Retrieved 22 October 2010.

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