A new petition to save the route between St. Louis and Kansas City once known as the Rock Island Railroad is picking up steam. The Missouri Rock Island Trail Collation is gathering signatures to petition Ameren Missouri to Railbank, or allow the trail to be built where the rails once lived to create a second Katy trail like system in Missouri. The petition has already received a large amount of support from residents as well as biking enthusiast from across the state. The rock island trail project in Eldon includes a local effort to purchase the line allowing a trail to be built from Windsor to Union where the rail line still exists. Ameren already allowed the state to connect the Katy trail in Windsor to Pleasant Hill allowing the Katy to finally reach the Kansas City metro. Supporters are hoping the deal will allow the trail to increase tourism and support for the communities it once served as a rail line. The last train to arrive in Eldon was in the 1980s and the line has sat untouched since that time. Trains do run on the track operated by the Central Missouri Railroad through Ameren between St. Louis and Union and Union Pacific Railroad also owns the section between Pleasant Hill and Downtown Kansas City. Ameren indicated earlier this year that they wanted to sell the line. The petition can be found by going to http://mobikefed.org
A full interview with News Director John Rogger and Rock Island Coalition.