High-Speed Rail in Iowa

Congressman Leonard Boswell announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Iowa $18,309,080 for two high-speed passenger rail projects in the state, including $1 million for a series of studies for a passenger rail line to run from Chicago to Omaha by way of Iowa.

As a longtime advocate for high-speed rail, I have fought for a passenger line that spans the state and connects Chicago and Omaha for quite some time.

“As a longtime advocate for high-speed rail, I have fought for a passenger line that spans the state and connects Chicago and Omaha for quite some time,” said Boswell, a senior Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “This $1 million award to the state will start the planning process and is a vital first step in getting this much-need transportation investment off the ground. The benefits of this important rail line are limitless and I will continue to fight for additional funding for this and other high-speed rail projects in the state.”

In March 2009, Boswell wrote to Joseph Boardman, President and CEO of Amtrak, to urge him to expand on the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative feasibility study that looked at a passenger rail line between Chicago and Iowa City to include Des Moines and Omaha.
The Department of Transportation also awarded $17,309,080 to install four remotely-controlled powered crossovers on the BNSF Ottumwa subdivision, which will reduce travel times and improve on-time performance.
The awards were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.