- St. Louis (Amtrak station)
address=551 South 16th Street St. Louis, MO 63103
line=Amtrak lines|Ann Rutledge, Amtrak lines|Mules, Amtrak lines|Lincoln Service, Amtrak lines|Texas Eagle
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
owned=City of St. Louis
St. Louis Station is an
Amtraktrain station serving the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The low aesthetic value of the building has rendered it the popular nickname of "Amshak" by many St. Louisans. [ [http://www.frograil.com/railroad/mo.htm Missouri Railfan Sites ] ] The original "Amshack" opened in 1978, upon the closure of the now-restored St. Louis Union Station. The current temporary station opened in December 2004, as a precursor to a new multi-modal facility connected to MetroLink's Civic Center station, expected to be complete in September 2008. At present, neither the Civic Center nor Union Station MetroLink stations are convenient to Amtrak riders, and the nearest bus stop is two blocks away. [ [http://www.texaseagle.com/stations/STL.htm/ texaseagle.com] ]
A new multi-modal transportation center, known as The Gateway Transportation Center, is under construction. It will serve as a hub for Metro buses, MetroLink rail, Greyhound buses, and Amtrak. The new station is expected to be completed by Fall 2008. Other metropolitan train stations served by Amtrak exist in the suburb of Kirkwood and suburb of Alton, Illinois.
The new Lincoln Service was initiated in October 2006 and included two additional daily round trips between St. Louis and
Chicago, Illinois. "The State House", a Chicago-St. Louis train that ran before the Lincoln Service began, now runs as a Lincoln Service train on the same schedule it ran on before the name change.
St. Louis Union Stationno longer serves cross country passenger rail traffic. Only St. Louis MetroLink light railservice is available at Union Station.
The net effect of this service is that there are currently five trains daily to and from Chicago, two trains daily to and from Kansas City, and one train daily to and from the south (ultimately, to San Antonio).
There is also daily connecting
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoachservice to Carbondale, Illinoisto and from the "City of New Orleans".
* [http://www.texaseagle.com/stations/STL.htm St. Louis Amtrak station information]
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