The Amtrak route between Kansas City and St. Louis was one of the most lucrative routes within the train operator’s Midwest region for the last fiscal year.
That cross-Missouri route, known as the Missouri River Runner, was tied with the Hiawatha, which runs from Chicago to Milwaukee, for the highest revenue-to-cost ratio for fiscal 2018, according to Amtrak’s annual report. Both routes generated about $1.08 of revenue for every $1 of cost, according to Amtrak.
The Pere Marquette route, which runs from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, had the lowest revenue-to-cost ratio in the region, at about 90 cents of revenue for every $1 of cost.
Of the Missouri River Runner’s 10 stops, St. Louis reported the highest ridership in 2018, at 362,172, followed by Kansas City, with 154,170 riders, and Kirkwood, with 55,213 riders. Independence reported the smallest ridership, at 6,683 riders.
Overall, Missouri Amtrak ridership has declined over the past five years, with the greatest decline in ridership seen among coach passengers. In 2013, total ridership was nearly 200,000. In 2018, ridership was about 165,000. The number of business riders has stayed fairly steady at about 15,000 riders per year over that time.