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Culver touts plan to extend train service
By JANET KLOCKENGA â€¢ email@example.com â€¢ May 10, 2009
After a brief train ride Saturday morning, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver promised spectators that he is on board with a proposal to extend passenger rail service from Chicago to Des Moines in the next couple of years.
"We need to modernize our infrastructure statewide," Culver said. "We're going to keep fighting; we're going to get this rail line done in a couple of years."Culver wants to extend service from Chicago to Dubuque, the Quad Cities and Iowa City, and then on to Des Moines, to eventually connect with Omaha.
Culver's I-JOBS bonding initiative includes $10 million for multimodal transportation projects in the state, including $3 million for expanded passenger rail service.
Also, the Iowa Department of Transportation will compete for federal passenger rail funds under the federal stimulus bill passed this year.The governor said passenger rail travel is appealing to businesses interested in locating in Iowa, as well as to college students attending school along the proposed route. It is environmentally friendly and economical, he said.