[NFBMO] FW: Fw: Amtrak

McGhee, Carolyn S Carolyn888 at live.missouristate.edu
Wed Dec 22 16:18:30 UTC 2021

The issue is Jefferson City access I think.

Carolyn McGhee

On Dec 22, 2021, at 03:56, Fred Olver via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org> wrote:

I’m sorry, I don’t understand why this is a problem? I read an article about this very item a couple of weeks ago I believe in the St. Louis Post dispatch. One will still be able to get from Kansas City to St. Louis and St. Louis back to Kansas City in the same day Fred Olver

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On Dec 21, 2021, at 11:21 PM, Shelia Wright via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org> wrote:

Dear Federation Members and Friends,

I have learned today that as of January 1, 2022, Amtrak is going to be cut to one train again unless the Governor will designate $2.5 million from Missouri’s Rescue Fund to keep the second train running. It seems that the St. Louis morning train heading west and its return trip in the afternoon from Kansas City to St. Louis is the train that is scheduled to be discontinued. This means that one day trips via train will not be feasible if you live on the east side of the state. I believe it is in our best interest for us as an organization to contact the Governor advocating for this important transportation service that we depend on so often. To be maintained.

I will be sending a letter from the NFB of Missouri tomorrow but ask each of you to contact the Governor’s office to express your opinion. You will recall that the money appropriated by the legislature was not enough to keep the train running all year because the State had allowed a lot of debt to accumulate that had to be paid.

I am forwarding a message I received from Liz Gibbons, a City Council Member in Kirkwood. Her email also includes an attachment which is very informative letter cent to the Governor on behalf of officials from the various cities along the Amtrak River Runner corridor.

Please do what you can to help secure funding for Amtrak for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Thanks for giving this a little of your attention during the next few days.
Peace and Comfort,

From: Liz Gibbons [mailto:lizg651 at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:13 PM
To: SBWright95 at gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Amtrak

Hello again Sheila - This is the email I sent to my consituents.  Thanks for your help.
From: Elizabeth W. Gibbons
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2021 8:28 PM
To: lizg651 at gmail.com<mailto:lizg651 at gmail.com>
Subject: re: Amtrak

Dear Friends;

       Trains are an important part of Kirkwood! We have a lot of visitors arriving and departing via the Missouri River Runner Amtrak from our historic train station every day; students going to Lincoln University or Central MO State, legislators and constituents visiting Jefferson City or revelers to Herman for Maifest or Oktoberfest.  However,  we are in jeopardy of losing one of the two daily trains making it impossible to get to these places and back on the same day.

       Starting Jan 1, 2022, because the Missouri legislature did not fully fund the Missouri River Runner, Amtrak will be removing the morning train.  Travelers will only have the evening train to travel west to KC and the other stations along the line.  The attached letter, from all the Chamber of Commerce organizations with train stops along the River Runner line,  asks Governor Parson to use $2.5 million of the American Rescue Plan funds to fill the funding gap that is causing the train cancelation.  The attached letter explains this situation in more detail.

      It is a strong request but will be made more powerful if the Governor hears from citizens asking him to save the second train.  Please help by sending an email to the Gov. at https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us   asking him to support the additional funding.

      Kirkwood is a railroad town and has been since the beginning.  We have dozens of volunteers manning the station and helping thousands of people each year who get on and off the train in our town.

      Thank you for your interest in Kirkwood and making our community the best it can be!  Saving this second train brings more opportunity and growth to our town, I thank you!




Liz Gibbons
<MO ARPA Request final 2.pdf>
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