Archive for Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Flooding disrupts Amtrak service

Rail service offers buses to travelers

June 17, 2008, 8:04 p.m. Updated June 18, 2008, 12:00 a.m.


Flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries is disrupting rail service across the Midwest.

Amtrak's Southwest Chief line, running between Kansas City, Mo., and Galesburg, Ill., is suspended until at least Friday. Buses are replacing train service in the meantime. The buses will not include service to La Plata, Mo., or Fort Madison, Iowa. Passengers with tickets for those destinations are being offered travel at other Amtrak stations in Illinois.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said rail travel from Kansas City to Lawrence may be disrupted as well because westbound trains must wait for buses to arrive from other locations before they leave Kansas City.

He recommended travelers check departure times to Lawrence, while looking for updates on Amtrak's Web site,


notajayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Yep, for all those train proponents, it's nice to know the trains are stopped but the roads are still open.

Oracle_of_Rhode 9 years, 10 months ago

notajayhawk, you're so right man, these 500 year floods are disrupting trains about every 500 years. What a hassle.

Alia Ahmed 9 years, 10 months ago

Actually, Interstate 80 east of Des Moines to the Illinois border has been closed and there has been a 120 detour so not all the roads are open.

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