Iowa DOT News Release

Chicago to Omaha Passenger Rail Study Meetings Announced

Posted on: April 19, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 19, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation, will be hosting both in-person, and online, self-directed open house meetings May 1 through May 12, 2012, for the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study. 

The open house meetings are intended to illustrate various route alternatives, explain the process used to evaluate the route alternatives, discuss results of the alternatives analysis, and gain public input on the route alternatives. 

The online, self-directed open house meeting and route alternatives analysis report will be available May 1 through May 12 on the study’s website at

In-person open house meetings are scheduled as follows.

  • Chicago, Ill.
    • Date: Tuesday, May 1
    • Time: 4-7 p.m.
    • Location: Union Station, 500 W. Jackson St.
  • Des Moines, Iowa
    • Date: Wednesday, May 2
    • Time: 4-7 p.m.
    • Location: State Historical Society of Iowa Building Atrium, 600 E. Locust St
      (Free parking in garage on the corner of Grand and Pennsylvania avenues)
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Date: Thursday, May 3
    • Time: 4-7 p.m.
    • Location: Mid-America Center, Rooms E/F, One Arena Way
      (Free parking in Lot D on the south side of the building)

“Findings from the route alternatives analysis will be presented at in-person and online public meetings,” said Tamara Nicholson, director of the Iowa DOT’s Office of Rail Transportation. “Each meeting will contain the same information, so the public can feel free to visit with us in-person or look at the meeting materials on their own time at our online meeting. We encourage all those interested to participate.”

The route alternatives analysis report will be available on the study’s website. Comments on the document can be provided on the website or at any of the in-person open house meetings, or mailed to Tamara Nicholson, director, Office of Rail Transportation, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010.

All comments on route alternatives and the alternatives analysis report, submitted online, by mail, phone message or in person will be accepted until May 21, 2012.

For those without Internet access, all meeting materials, including a comment form, may be requested by calling the study’s toll-free line at 800-488-7119. Comments are also being accepted by calling this number.

Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation’s affirmative action officer. If you need accommodations because of a disability to access the Iowa Department of Transportation’s services, contact the agency’s affirmative action officer at 800-262-0003.



Contact: Amanda Martin, Iowa DOT’s Office of Rail Transportation, at 515-239-1653 or


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