Iowa DOT News Release

Community tool kit now available for the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study

Posted on: April 13, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 13, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the  Federal Railroad Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation, is studying the feasibility of expanding existing passenger rail service and developing a new regional passenger rail service from Chicago, Ill., through Iowa to Omaha, Neb. The purpose of this study is to:

  • Evaluate potential route alternatives.
  • Evaluate levels of service and ridership.
  • Analyze environmental impacts.
  • Determine a preferred Chicago to Omaha passenger rail route alternative for regional intercity passenger rail service. 

This study will be a major step in assessing the viability of a regional intercity passenger rail system serving Iowa and the Midwest through this corridor.

Public input is a major component of the study. The FRA and the Iowa and Illinois DOTs are providing information and gathering input in many ways, including a community tool kit, now online at under the “resources” tab.

This tool kit provides information to be used by interested community groups along the potential passenger rail routes when speaking to their members about the study.

Community leaders and others interested in the information can download the following electronic materials related to the study.

  • PowerPoint ® presentation
  • Pocket card with a brief description of the study goals
  • Fact sheet with more in-depth study information
  • Social media Facebook banner for timeline format
  • Social media image that can be used as profile picture on Facebook or Twitter
  • 11-by-17 poster
  • Survey that will also be used at in-person public meetings in early May 2012.

Public comments provide valuable input and contribute to the development of a complete environmental analysis. The Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and planning effort will take approximately 18 months to complete. Comments will be collected throughout the EIS development phase. All comments received will be reviewed and considered. 


For more information, please visit or call 800-488-7119.




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