All Aboard!

I read with interest yesterday that there will soon be passenger train service between Iowa City and Chicago. The plan for a new Amtrak route between the two cities (with a stop in Moline) received a major funding boost on Monday with a $230 million federal grant to establish this new service. Officials say the journey will take less than five hours, end-to-end. The line is scheduled for completion in 2015. Two daily roundtrips are planned for the Iowa City – Quad Cities – Chicago route. Longer-term plans call for additional daily roundtrips with reduced travel time.

I hope the predictions come true that at least 250,000 people a year will use the train. In addition to cutting down on private vehicle use, the so-called “green line” train will use biofuels and other environmentally friendly technology.

If you’re interested in vacation train travel, check out these two Iowa Voyagers trips for fall 2011:

Wine, Rail and Redwoods
September 18 – 23, 2011

Railroading Through New England
September 25 – October 2, 2011

Diane Baker
Director, Iowa Voyagers

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One Comment

  1. Jack Hirsch
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Just a comment on the train service resumption. I attended the U. of Iowa (then the SUI) from Feb. 1948 to graduation in 1951. Being from New York City, my transportation was by train from New York to Chicago and then from Chicago to Iowa City on the “Rock Island Rocket” whose last stop was Denver. it was a four hour trip then and very comfortable. The day after I arrived in Iowa City, the same train jumped the tracks as it entered the Iowa City station. I believe a trainman was killed.

    I did not know that train service had been discontinued

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