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Transportation secretary presents check for new rail service

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IOWA CITY (KWWL)- Momentum for a transportation project continues to build.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Iowa City to present a 230 million dollar check to spur planning and construction costs for rail service between Iowa City and Chicago.

Supporters say the high speed railway will serve as an economic engine for the area, creating jobs and bringing in more people to the area.

''Hundreds of jobs will be created for the people that will build it, the people that will work along this corridor and the people that will obviously be servicing the train,'' LaHood said.

But not everyone is jumping on board.

''We're cheaper, we're faster, and we're greener, why are we spending this money?'' Points out Iowa City bus station owner Eugene Hibbs.

Passengers can catch six buses out of Hibbs' station to Chicago daily.

He says when the train comes to town, the busing industry could take a major hit.

''The I80 corridor is the bread and butter of all transportation.  When you take the revenue out of our business, you're going to put people out of work,'' Hibbs said.

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