The Missouri Department of Transportation is holding a contest to decide on a new name for Amtrak’s newly renewed cross-state service. Apparently they weren’t satisfied with the current title of the route, the insprired “Missouri Service.” The grand prize is two round trip sleeper car tickets to any Amtrak destination in the United States. Unfortunately, although you don’t have to be a Missouri resident to enter (and presumably, have your name choice selected) you do have to be one to win a prize.
There will be three phases to the contest. First, submit your favorite name between now and Dec. 10. Contest entries may be submitted online morail.org; mailed to MoDOT, Name the Train Contest, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102; or hand-delivered to any MoDOT district office (locations at modot.org). Contest rules are posted at the morail.org website.
Contest judges will select five names as finalists. Between, Dec. 16, 2008 and Jan. 16, 2009, voting will be conducted online or by a post card indicating your favorite finalist name. The new name will be announced by January 30, 2009.
A nice new name is a nice way to stop a state sponsored Amtrak route from looking like a burden, and rather paint it as something the region can be proud of.