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More than $4.5 million awarded through Iowa's Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program

The Iowa Transportation Commission on October 13, 2014 approved more than $4.5 million in funding for rail development and planning projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Programanticipated to retain 57 jobs and create 16 new jobs.
Details on the applications, recommendations and awards.

Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study

The study is complete and final documents are now available.

Iowa and Illinois Receive $230 Million for Chicago-to-Iowa City Intercity Passenger Rail Route

The 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

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved over $5.7 million in funding for safety upgrades

The Iowa Transportation Commission on October 13, 2014 approved over $5.7 million in funding for safety upgrades at highway-railroad crossings throughout the state. The upgrades involve installing signals with gate arms at crossing which previously have only signal lights or crossbucks. Details on the applications, 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.

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Vision Plan
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.

FRA Seminar 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.