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Iowa Governor makes rail pact appointments

August 22, 2007 — (Des Moines) – Today Iowa Governor Chet Culver announced the appointments of two of four members to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact. The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact, created by an interstate compact in 2000, advocates for expansion of and improvements to the mid-west’s passenger rail system. The commission provides a unified component of a strong transportation system for the future. Member states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. The compact was created by House File 559.

Governor Culver said, “I’m please that a person from the private sector and a member of my staff will join two respected, hard-working legislators to serve on this important compact. I’m very interested in examining the possibility of developing an improved passenger rail service that better serves Iowa and the midwest.”

* Terms begin immediately and members serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
* Members: Two Legislative members and two members appointed by the Governor that include: the Governor or Governor’s designee and a member of the private sector.

(Member, Position, City)
Senator Daryl Beall, Legislative Member, Fort Dodge
Representative Paul Bell, Legislative Member, Newton
James Larew (appointed), Governor’s designee, Iowa City
Patrick Hendricks (appointed), Private Sector, Norwalk

Purpose of Commission: To promote development and implementation of improvements to intercity passenger rail service in the mid-west. To coordinate interaction among mid-western state elected officials and their designees on passenger rail issues. To promote development and implementation of long-range plans for high-speed rail passenger service in the mid-west and among other regions of the United States. To work with the public and private sectors at the federal, state and local levels to ensure coordination among the various entities having an interest in passenger rail service and to promote mid-western interests regarding passenger rail. To support efforts of transportation agencies involved in developing and implementing passenger rail service in the mid-west. For more about the MIPRC, visit

Source: Iowa Governor


Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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