Amtrak rolling again

across Missouri

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner, which stops four times daily in Independence, should be running again today after three days of disruptions when flash flooding damaged tracks.

The Union Pacific said Friday that repairs to its tracks east of Warrensburg should be completed by the early hours of this morning. Those tracks were damaged Thursday when excessive rain caused flooding that for a time closed U.S. 50.

Amtrak has had to put passengers on buses as an alternative. A spokesman said Friday was a full service was expected to return today.

The Union Pacific’s line from Jefferson City west to Pleasant Hill, then north to Independence, then west again into Kansas City is a busy one, with about two dozen trains a day. There’s also a line that feeds in at Pleasant Hill, and some trains have been running through Independence.

The River Runner has four trains daily – two from Kansas City to St. Louis and two the other way – with stops in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington and Kirkwood.

– Jeff Fox