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

The Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) 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.
Details on the applications, recommendations and awards.

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.

The department is interested in your thoughts and comments on the Draft Iowa State Rail Plan

The Plan identifies needs and opportunities of the Iowa freight & passenger rail network and will help guide future investment decisions. Submit your comments by July 23, 2016.

Iowa State Rail & Freight Plan website
Draft Iowa State Rail Plan
Submit comments

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.

What's new or of note ...

Vision Plan
The Federal Rail Safety Standards Seminar will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 5, 6, and 7. Learn about the newest developments in rail safety, attend classroom sessions on the various safety disciplines, and participate in field exercies. A special session for shippers of hazardous materials by rail is offered on April 6. Sign up today here.

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