New Federal requirements endangered rail service into Missouri, but closure of these routes appeared to have been prevented for the time being thanks to action taken by Missouri’s US Senators. This route has already seen many upgrades which has increased its ridership, but more upgrades are needed.
Missouri is a perfect state for the implementation of high-speed rail. A high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Kansas City is feasible and would economically benefit both cities. However, with no plans for high-speed rail between the two cities in the works, Missouri’s high-speed rail future looks dismal.
Missouri must make passenger rail infrastructure a priority or it risks alienating itself from its fellow Midwestern economies and transportation systems.