Iowa City Area Rail Service
The Iowa City area is connected to multiple rail lines throughout the Midwest and is serviced by Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) and the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Co. (CRANDIC). For an area map, please download the PDF to the right.
The CRANDIC handles more than 90,000 carloads each year and was nationally recognized as a premier short-line railroad operation and named the 2005 North American Short Line Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine. The CRANDIC operates 100-plus miles of track including 60 miles of main line and nearly 40 miles of industry track and switching yards. The CRANDIC owns the old Milwaukee line through Amana and the former Rock Island line from Iowa City to Hills. The railroad has strategic agreements with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Canadian National Railroad and Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS).
Iowa Interstate Railroad
IAIS operates over 552 miles of track between Omaha and Chicago on the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific mainline, with a branch line to Peoria in Illinois. IAIS provides train service between Chicago and Omaha seven days a week. IAIS was created in 1984 and is a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation. Customers are available to ship goods to or from anywhere in North America. IAIS also has an off-loading facility and a barge connection on the Mississippi River.