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Amtrak puts Des Mones study on hold

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Amtrak has put plans on hold for at least a year, for a study on passenger train service between Des Moines and Chicago.  The study was expected to be completed this year.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the railroad has been flooded with requests for studies elsewhere in the wake of a national push to expand passenger rail service.  Magliari says Amtrak won't finish the Des Moines study until money issues are resolved to ensure service between Chicago and Iowa City. 

An Amtrak report in 2008 suggested that Iowa City service could begin if $32-million could be obtained to upgrade Iowa track and signals. 

Magliari says it makes sense to get the service to Iowa City and then work on studying the extension to Des Moines.

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