Passenger rail

  • Two transcontinental AMTRAK passenger routes, consisting of 297 miles, pass through Iowa. The lines include the California Zephyr, with service between Chicago and San Francisco; and the Southwest Chief, with service between Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • AMTRAK stops at six passenger rail stations in Iowa: Creston, Osceola, Ottumwa, Mount Pleasant and Burlington for the California Zephyr; and Fort Madison for the Southwest Chief.
  • AMTRAK has an annual Iowa ridership of approximately 59,825 passengers. (2013)