Iowa DOT, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Illinois DOT completed their environmental impact study on the proposed route of a high speed passenger rail system from Chicago to Omaha. Amanda Martin is the policy coordinator for Iowa DOT’s Office of Rail Transportation and says they are ready to present that study to the public for their review.
The public is invited to attend the open house hearings. The first is Tuesday, December 11th at Chicago Union Station. Another public hearing will be Wednesday, December 12th at the Des Moines Botanical Center. The final public hearing is Thursday December 13th at the Council Bluffs Public Library. Sessions start at 4 with a formal presentation at 5:30 followed by a question and answer session until 7 pm.
The proposed route utilizes BNSF and Iowa Interstate Freight rails from Omaha to Chicago’s Union Station. Martin says they should have a proposal ready by early spring to present to the Iowa Legislature regarding funding.