Passenger rail is a critical part of Dubuque’s economic development, education, and tourism industry. With more than 5 million visitors annually to the Tri-State Region, rail is a viable form of affordable, business and leisure transportation, an added attraction of the Mississippi River in Dubuque and beyond.
Ride the Rail advocates respond to a community visioning process wherein passenger rail service was identified as a top 10 priority for economic and social benefit of the greater Dubuque area. Through the formation of Ride the Rail, a dedicated group of community minded volunteers, works tirelessly to see this priority to completion.
In cooperation with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, East Central Intergovernmental Agency, along with the City of Dubuque, all are making every effort to see this priority become a reality.
The significant demand created for service between Dubuque and Chicago, visitor traffic, students to the area Colleges and Universities, area business and industry will utilize this mode of economical, sustainable, ecologically friendly, comfortable and relaxing transportation.