On Monday, officials announced that Iowa and Illinois will receive $230 million to establish passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago. The Des Moines Register reports that the route – 219 miles long – should be completed by 2015 and that each train could accommodate 230 passengers. The total cost of the project is $310 million.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the federal government is suggesting implementing fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Vehicles that may be impacted include semi-trailers, school buses, garbage trucks, and delivery vans. Under the proposal, these vehicles will have to get more miles per gallon than they do today.
The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department is handing out thumb bands to drivers caught texting while driving. While no tickets are being issued for violating the law for one year, deputies are handing out the thumb bands imprinted with “Txtng kills.” The bands are meant to raise awareness regarding the dangers of texting while driving, according to the Des Moines Register.
Do you experience hostile drivers in the greater Des Moines metropolitan area? If so, just be thankful that the area is not among the top ten U.S. cities where road rage is rampant, according to MSN.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asserts that drivers are distracted by mobile phones, whether talking on the phone (even using a hands-free device) or texting. Consequently, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is beginning research into all driver distractions, according to Bloomberg.
On Tuesday, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved the expenditure of $5.8 million to install cable barriers along 90 miles of interstate medians. The barriers will be installed during the next construction season. The barriers will be installed earlier than previously planned as a result of numerous fatal accidents.