JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri transportation officials said ridership on Amtrak passenger trains rose more than 8 percent in September.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that slightly more than 14,000 people rode Amtrak's Missouri River Runner trains last month, compared with about 13,000 in September 2010.
The River Runner connects St. Louis and Kansas City, and departs twice a day from each city.
Michelle Teel, MoDOT's multimodal director, said ridership is up partly because of high gasoline prices. Teel also cited Amtrak's reliability in Missouri, with on-time performance running at 90 percent in September.