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Examiner
  • Amtrak still dealing with flood damage

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  • Amtrak’s service to Independence and other cities is still having some disruptions because of damage to tracks during last week’s heavy rainstorms.
    The storms hit last Thursday, and flash flooding damaged the Union Pacific tracks east of Warrensburg. Amtrak had said full service would be restored by Saturday, but there have been delays. The Missouri Department of Transportation says a change in service will be in effect through Friday for the Missouri River Runner, which crosses the state. The UP is doing further maintenance work during the afternoons, according to MoDOT.
    The two morning trains are running normally. That’s the train out of Kansas City that stops at 8:34 a.m. in Independence on its way to St. Louis, as well as the train out of St. Louis that stops at 2:20 p.m. in Independence on its way to Kansas City.
    The two afternoon trains are out, and passengers are being put on buses instead. Passengers with tickets for those two trains – Nos. 313 and 316 – are advised to go to the train depot for their scheduled departure times, and they can get further information at Amtrak.com or 1-800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245).
    The River Runner makes stops in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington and Kirkwood on its runs between Kansas City and St. Louis.
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