On the Radio: Railway plans stalled

Photo by elviskennedy, Flickr.
Photo by elviskennedy, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the uncertain future of a proposed passenger train that would connect Chicago to Omaha.

A proposed passenger train that would connect Chicago to Omaha would create jobs, aid transportation and help the environment in Iowa.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The proposed railway would pass through Davenport, Iowa City and Des Moines. Studies indicate that it would attract 1.3 million passengers annually. Cutting down on car use and car emissions.

In addition to its environmental benefits, the railway is expected to create 588 jobs each of the first four years during construction, and will increase business activities by $25 million per year.

The Federal Railroad Administration awarded $87 million towards the first phase of the project in Iowa, but the Iowa legislature decided not to provide $20.6 million in matching funds. Consequently, the plan has stalled and it’s unclear what will happen next.

For more information on the railway, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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