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More than $1.29 million made available through Iowa’s Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program

The Iowa Transportation Commission on Nov. 10, 2015, approved more than $1.29 million in funding for five rail infrastructure and related rail development projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program anticipated to support the creation and retention of 78 jobs within the next three years.
More information on the RRLG Program

The Iowa Transportation Commission on February 9, 2016 approved more than $2.6 million in grant funding

The Iowa Transportation Commission on February 9, 2016 approved more than $2.6 million in grant funding for six transportation infrastructure-related development projects under the Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) program. The LIFTS program enhances economic development by providing funding to address freight transportation needs in Iowa and assist projects that contribute to an effective and efficient multimodal freight transportation system. More information.

More than $4.6 million made available through Iowa’s Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program

The Iowa Transportation Commission on July 12, 2016, approved more than $4.6 million in funding for 11 rail infrastructure and related rail development projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program expected to support creation and retention of 333 jobs within the next three to five years.
Details on the recommendations and awards

Iowa Rail Toolkit

The Iowa Rail Toolkit was created to provide new freight rail users and economic development professionals with a basic introduction to rail freight shipping concepts, practices and access. Resources are included to help make shipping by rail in Iowa easier and more understandable. A directory of Iowa railroad companies is included listing contact information and a basic profile of each network.

Iowa Crude Oil and Biofuels Rail Transportation Study released

A new study released today by the Iowa departments of transportation and homeland security and emergency management reveals insights into the transportation by rail of crude oil and biofuels around and through Iowa. The study, thought to be the first of its kind in the nation, used a series of interviews and meetings with government agencies, railroads, emergency response personnel, emergency managers, rail shippers and biofuels producers to cover four main topic areas: prevention of spills, preparedness in the event of a spill, response to an incident and recovery from an incident. View the study.

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Moving Iowa Forward Conference
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FRA Seminar Visit the Iowa DOT's Freight pages where information related to freight transportation on all modes is being consolidated.