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21st Century Transportation
A new passenger rail network along I-80 would connect Iowa's major economic populations centers to the rest of the Midwest.
Connecting Iowa to a Prosperous Future
As gas prices increase, highways become more congested, and air travel becomes evermore expensive, intrusive and inconvenient, Americans are seeking more reliable ways to travel. We have an opportunity to bring Iowans closer to other thriving cities in the Midwest and closer to a stronger Iowan economy by investing in a 21st Century transportation system.
This is why Iowa PIRG is working to ensure Iowa's future includes thousands more quality jobs, reduced traffic congestion and less air pollution by moving forward with the Midwest passenger rail.
With the promise of economic development and job creation, we can't let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass our state by. Already armed with $86 million in federal funding and legislative approval, we just need Governor Terry Branstad to get on board.
- For every dollar invested in the passenger rail, Iowans would see $1.70 in economic benefit. Combined with the estimated 1,800 jobs this means millions of dollars entering our local markets.
- The rail would also save $16.3 million in highway user costs during the first 30 years, making everyone's travel more convenient.
Illinois, Michigan and Indiana have moved forward with plans to create a vibrant and interconnected Midwest, let's make sure Iowa doesn't get left behind.
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Your support will help us do the research, advocacy and grassroots organizing that it will take to connect Iowa to future with the Midwest passenger rail.
We can bring Iowans closer together and connected to major metro centers from Omaha to Chicago and beyond, we just need to make sure Governor Branstad to gets on board.
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