Cost of Proposed Iowa City Route Are Rising

Finances are the latest hurdle that is hindering development of Amtrak service to Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa officials have been studying an extension of a planned Chicago-Quad Cities route to Iowa City, which is the home of the University of Iowa.

The construction cost estimate is now $125 million, up $35 million from three years ago. The study also found that the ongoing operating subsidy requirement has shrunk dramatically.

Iowa’s share to get the route stated is now estimated at $72 million, which is triple what was proposed three years ago.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba called the results of the study “a huge embarrassment. Somehow Illinois’s getting this done [Chicago-Quad Cities service] and Iowa’s dragging its feet,” he said.

Iowa is in danger of losing $53 million in federal funding for the route development if the state legislature does not move forward in the next legislative session with developing the route.

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