(Atlantic) Atlantic is still one of several cities on The Iowa Department of Transportation list for a possible passenger railway stop through Iowa. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the DOT is looking at five different railway corridors as possible links for their project. Harris says he talked to DOT Officials recently and heard some encouraging news.
“I spoke with Amanda Martin, who is the project manager with the Iowa Department of Transportation, and she said that the Iowa Interstate Railway line is still under consideration,” stated Harris. “The DOT is starting to do their environmental impact studies, and they are still considering Atlantic as a possible stop, because they were wondering if the Atlantic Depot could be considered for a possible train station.”
Harris says there is still a lot of work to be done and it may be a year before Atlantic City officials will know if the Iowa Interstate Railroad line would be selected as the route. Harris says this could make a positive impact on the city of Atlantic.
“I think it would be very important,” said Harris. “If people could get high speed rail to Des Moines, Omaha, or Chicago, it would make Atlantic much more desirable because people could easily commute to work. And for the people that want to travel, they could come here to catch the train, and maybe spend a night here, eat here…shop, not to mention the people who want to travel here, bcause it would bring them right into our downtown.”
Harris says the Rail line that is selected would have to be upgraded to handle the higher speed.
November 12, 2012