Hannibal Amtrak Hearing
(HANNIBAL)-- Hannibal is making a case for passenger rail service but funding is an issue. Representatives of Hannibal city government, industrial development officials and others turned out for a public hearing hosted by MODOT Thursday. Admininistrator of Railroads Eric Curtit says any expansion of rail service would require millions of dollars of additional funding to somehow become available. It would also depend on negotiations with the state of Illinois.
A rail line from Quincy to Hannibal is included in MODOT's 20-year plan recommendation, but as it stands, there are no dedicated state funds for passenger rail in Missouri.