IOWA ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS 3349 Southgate Court Southwest #108 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 (319) 362-6824 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--05/21/97 STATE RAIL PASSENGER GROUP TO MEET IN CEDAR RAPIDS AT RAILROADERS REUNION (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)--The Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc., (IARP) will be holding its next meeting at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 1st. The group will hear an update on current proposals for additional railroad passenger service in Iowa, including the proposals for a train through Cedar Rapids and Ames, and a train through Davenport, Iowa City and Des Moines. Welch says IARP is a state-wide group that supports rail passenger service. Welch says the group meets at various locations throughout the state. Previous recent meeting sites have included Amana, Boone, Burlington, Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Osceola. Welch says, "A nine-state consortium will be meeting next month to discuss more rail service for the Midwest. Iowa officials are a part of that meeting. We hope plans will be made for additional service for Iowans." Welch also expects to receive an update on the Iowa Department of Transportation's long-range "Iowa in Motion" draft plan which has just received additional public input. "I've been told that railroad passenger service generated the second highest number of responses to the DOT in the latest round of public comments." The meeting is being held at the same time as the "Tenth Annual Railroaders Reunion" at Ushers Ferry. The railroaders reunion features railroad displays, slide and video presentations, operating model railroads, children's activities, an entertainer performing train songs, as well as various sale and swap tables. This year's featured railroad is the Union Pacific Railroad. Food is available on the grounds. The meeting is open to the public and non-members are encouraged to attend. However, there is an admission fee for access to the reunion grounds. Public Adult admission is $2.00. Admission for children 5-11 is $1.00. Under 5-years-old are admitted free. Ushers Ferry Historic Village is located next to Seminole Valley Park in northwest Cedar Rapids. Follow 42nd Street west to Seminole Valley Road, turn on Seminole Valley Trail. Membership information is available from the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc., 3349 Southgate Court, SW, Suite 108, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. Membership information will also be available at the meeting.