Creating transportation opportunities and efficiencies

A state-sponsored study .pdf indicates that Iowa shippers use truck freight more than neighboring states to move goods over long distances.*

Since truck freight is generally more expensive than rail over long distances, the cost of goods shipped from Iowa contain more than two times the national average freight expense. To make Iowa competitive, the state sought and received a federal FASTLANE grant to pay for 55 percent of a full-service logistics park in Cedar Rapids. Alliant Energy Transportation is supporting the effort as a private partner on a 75-acre site we own north of the Eastern Iowa Airport. The Logistics Park Cedar Rapids (LPCR) will offer services that allow shippers to capture the benefits of rails’ economies of scale over long distances with the convenience of “last-mile” truck delivery: 

  • A multipurpose warehouse facility to distribute, consolidate and move consumer products; access to truck and rail available.

  • A bulk transload facility with team track access to transfer commodities between truck and rail. 

  • An intermodal ramp where shippers can put freight containers on the rail network in Cedar Rapids instead of surrounding metro areas like Chicago, Minneapolis or Kansas City. 

Anticipated timeline (to be updated on facility progress):

  • September '16: FASTLANE grant awarded

  • November '17: RFP solicitation for engineering

  • January '18: Consultant selection

  • June '19: FRA approves Statement of Work; Funds obligated

  • January '20: Environmental assessment complete

  • March '20: Construction bids letting complete; Contracts executed; Notice to proceed

  • June '20: Construction begins

  • Spring '21: Construction complete 

* A study by the Iowa Department of Transportation


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