Illinois governor promotes high-speed rail at climate change conference
Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:20 AM
Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn used a forum at President Barack Obama's climate change conference in Des Moines Wednesday to urge Iowa to allocate state money to build its portion of a high-speed rail line from Chicago to Omaha that would pass through the Quad Cities, Iowa City and Des Moines, reports DesMoinesRegister.com.
Quinn said it could cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Iowa officials have not allocated matching funds for a federal grant for the line, which actually would carry trains traveling at a maximum of 79 mph.
Indications at the Greater Des Moines Partnership's annual trip to Washington, D.C., last week were that federal officials were planning to take back the money for the Iowa segment of the line.