KANSAS CITY — Amtrak trains traveling between Kansas City and St. Louis were on schedule 96 percent of the time in January.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the near-perfect rate is due to better dispatching by Union Pacific and $400 million in track repairs that allowed the trains to move faster.
From July through October, Amtrak recorded a 62 percent on-time rate. But since then the trans-Missouri run has been performing much better, with on-time rates of 70 percent in November and 84 percent in December.
Amtrak's last comparable performance was 91 percent in September 2006.
In recent years, Amtrak lost riders as trains between St. Louis and Kansas City were held up by freight traffic on tracks it shares with Union Pacific.