New track aimed at reducing Amtrak delays in Missouri

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 5:35 p.m. CST

CALIFORNIA, Mo. — State officials hope a new section of railroad track near the mid-Missouri town of California will reduce delays for Amtrak passenger trains.

The 9,000-foot side track opened Tuesday, giving freight trains another place to pull over so that faster Amtrak trains can pass.

Amtrak trains run twice daily between St. Louis and Kansas City, with several stops in between. Transportation officials estimate the new side track could reduce passenger train delays by nearly 17 percent annually.

The $8.1 million project was funded with a mixture of state and federal dollars.


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