Amtrak, State Blame Union Pacific for Delays
KANSAS CITY - The state transportation department and Amtrak are blaming Union Pacific for delays in passenger service caused by recent flooding. Amtrak resumed full service from Kansas City to St. Louis yesterday. Amtrak and MoDOT officials said Union Pacific did not adequately clear its tracks for passenger trains, causing delays of four to five hours for Amtrak. After flood damage to a freight-only route farther north, Union Pacific diverted 25 to 30 trains a day onto the tracks that Amtrak uses to get to St. Louis through Sedalia and Warrensburg. MoDOT administrator Rod Massman says Union Pacific did not follow federal requirements to give priority to Amtrak trains. Union Pacific spokesman James Barnes said the railroad did all it could to restore service as quickly as possible.