DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rail advocates still hope for a passenger train resurgence that would link Chicago to Iowa City, Des Moines and Omaha, but questions about the need for government subsidies continue to bog down efforts.
Supporters of enhanced passenger service spoke out last week at the Iowa Statehouse. They argued for plans to make the infrastructure improvements needed to start passenger service between Chicago and Iowa City, with hopes of later extending trains to Des Moines and Omaha.
The Iowa Department of Transportation recently released a 511 traveler information app for both the iPhone and the Android.
Sinclair Stolle, 511 Traveler Information Engineer, says the Iowa 511 app reports information on interstates, U.S. Routes and state highways.
She says right now motorists can view traffic speeds from the DOT in the metro areas around the state, look at electronic roadway signs, and see still images from the DOT’s traffic cameras. Stolle says currently traffic images are only available from six metro areas but will soon be statewide.
AAA Nebraska says deaths from motorcycle crashes are up 71 percent through June.
Last year, 23 people died in motorcycle accidents in Nebraska. AAA Nebraska spokeswoman Rose White says 12 people have died in motorcycle accidents so far this year, up from seven at this time in 2011.
White says Nebraska’s mild winter is partially to blame. "For the first time in the history of Nebraska, we recorded a fatality during the month of January. With many motorcyclists out now for the last six months, we’ve seen a substantial increase in fatalities."