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Economics

  • Nationally, average inflation-adjusted rail rates fell 44 percent from 1981 through 2012.In 2011, Iowa railroads spent an estimated $486  million to maintain and improve their Iowa rail infrastructure, an average of $59,900 per mile.

  • Railroads operating in Iowa routinely invest about 25 to 30 percent of their revenues earned in Iowa in maintaining and improving the track system.