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Chicago-Des Moines Amtrak corridor

Here is one from the past weekend that escaped me. It is refreshing to see politicians that “get it.” Congressmen Phil Hare of Illinois and Bruce Braley of Iowa deserve our thanks.

Radio Iowa has the report.

Braley says it may take several years to complete, but he claims Amtrak service to the Quad Cities alone would create as many as 800 jobs. “If we can get the initial funding to make this a reality between Chicago and the Quad Cities, the likelihood of going further to Iowa City, Des Moines, and Omaha is greatly expanded,” Braley said.

Braley estimates annual ridership on a Chicago to Iowa City line at nearly 200,000. Paul Rumler is with the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition. “With the combined population of 2.2 million people between Quad Cities and Omaha, this is the most highly populated corridor without passenger rail service to Chicago,” Rumler said.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Regional USA Passenger Rail

3 Responses

  1. Andy Lynch says:

    I’m really looking forward to this line being started and done. Living in Iowa City, if it only went from Chicago-QC, then I would probably take my son with me to ride it for fun. Bring the line to IC and my wife can take the kids to her parents and leave me the car. Better yet, my wife and I can take the train to Chicago for a long weekend.

    This line just screams to be done, it will be nothing more then an economic engine.

  2. Brett says:

    I live in Des Moines and would find this as a fast/economical/green solution to travel to Chicago without the hassles of taking your car and paying parking fees when arrived.

  3. B J Breeman says:

    200 000 patrons a year, wow almost 800 daily. One train load. And one job for every customer. What a great idea.

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