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Branstad To Take Close Look At Passenger Train Service


Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad is undecided about passenger rail service in the state. Recently, Iowa and Illinois were awarded 230 million dollars in federal money to pay for passenger train service between Iowa City and Chicago.  

Branstad says he's not sure if the service would be cost-effective.

Paul Rumler is the Executive Director of the QC Passenger Rail Coalition. He believes even if Branstad is not onboard with the plan, Illinois will accept its portion of the federal grant.

For decades, Amtrak has gone through Galesburg. Eight passenger trains travel through that city daily. This year, one hundred thousand people will either get on or off the passenger trains in Galesburg.

Many of those passengers spend money at local restaurants and gas stations. The number of people riding those trains has been increasing in the last five to six years.