Federal legislation in 2008 and 2009 paved the way to develop a nationwide network of intercity passenger rail routes. The federal funding provided by those legislative actions is distributed through the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
. The HSIPR program is designed to assist states in planning and building passenger rail routes that connect communities and economic centers across the country that complement highway, aviation and public transit systems.
Iowa or Iowa/Illinois in a joint venture have submitted applications for a number of planning or construction grants. Information pertaining to the application and the status of each follows.