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More than $3 million awarded through Iowa's Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant ProgramThe Iowa Transportation Commission on October 8, 2013 approved more than $3 million in funding for rail development and planning projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program. The rail projects are expected to support the creation of 149 jobs within three years of completion.areas across the state.
Press release – October 8, 2013
Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning StudyThe study is complete and final documents are now available.
Iowa and Illinois Receive $230 Million for Chicago-to-Iowa City Intercity Passenger Rail RouteThe Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation received word October 25, 2010 that they will be receiving $230 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to initiate intercity passenger rail service on a route from Chicago to Iowa City via the Quad Cities. More information
Applications are now being accepted for the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program.An expected $4,000,000 in competitive grants and loans will be available to provide financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa.
Applications due by 3:30 p.m. on June 26, 2014. Details
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Iowa's rail network offers a great opportunity for passenger rail service, connecting Iowa's largest urban areas to Chicago and potential other Midwest metropolitan centers.
Visit the Iowa DOT's Freight pages where information related to freight transportation on all modes is being consolidated.
Visit the Iowa DOT’s Recovery website to learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Recovery Act) of 2009. The ARRA was signed into law by President Obama Feb. 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. Funding made available through the Recovery Act will assist Iowa in strengthening its transportation systems, including Iowa’s rail, transit, aviation, highways, waterways, and other modes of surface transportation.