Missouri owes Amtrak millions in overdue bills

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Lamy, United States – September 8, 2015:The eastbound Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train at Lamy, New Mexico, USA. The train has travelled overnight from Los Angeles and is heading for Chicago. The train is powered by a pair of GE P42DC, numbers 187 and 198, and a single EMD F59PHI locomotive, number 455, all diesels. This train, and its westbound counterpart, are the only two trains to traverse this route per day as it has no freight service. Unidentified crew.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri owes Amtrak millions in overdue bills. For the past decade, the state has not paid its full contract for the Amtrak river runner service.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director, Patrick McKenna, calls it an embarrassment that may jeopardize passenger rail service.  McKenna says since 2010 the state legislature has approved less than the cost of the contract.

The Missouri River Runner makes two daily round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City.

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