Rail Transportation

Proposed Intercity Passenger Rail

Current passenger rail activities.

Chicago to Dubuque Passenger Rail

The Illinois DOT in conjunction with the Iowa DOT continues work to implement passenger rail service to Dubuque. A grant application was submitted Oct. 2, 2009, seeking $140 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 funding under the HSIPR program. Unfortunately, the application was not selected for an award. However, Illinois DOT, as the lead state, continues work on this corridor using capital funding appropriated by the Illinois legislature.

Amtrak service improvements on California Zephyr

In January 2010, the FRA announced that the Iowa DOT was awarded a $17 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improvements to the BNSF Railway Co.'s rail line that hosts the Amtrak California Zephyr. The track improvements have built four high-speed crossovers that have significantly reduced freight and passenger rail conflicts, congestion and delays.

Iowa statewide travel demand model

The FRA announced on Oct. 28, 2010, a grant award for $400,000 to support development of a rail component to the Iowa Travel Analysis Model (iTRAM). The module will help in planning where investments are needed in the transportation system to meet demands for both freight and passenger travel. The document timeline contains detailed technical information on many of these projects as well as other projects.