IOWA ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS 3349 Southgate Court Southwest #108 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 (319) 362-6824 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/08/98 RAIL PASSENGER GROUP TO MEET IN LITTLE AMANA (Williamsburg, Iowa)--The Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc., (IARP) will be holding its annual meeting at the Colony Village Restaurant just east of Williamsburg at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24th. IARP President Richard F. "Dick" Welch of North Liberty says John Hey, transportation planner from the Iowa Department of Transportation will be the featured presenter at the meeting. Hey is expected to give an update on the Midwest Rail Initiative. Iowa is a member of the nine-state group examining future rail passenger options for the Midwest. Hey is Iowa's primary representative to the Midwest Rail Initiative group. Welch says IARP will also be meeting to elect officers for the coming year as well as hear an update on the status of Amtrak operations. IARP, according to Welch, is a state-wide group and meets at various locations throughout the state. Previous recent meeting sites have included Cedar Rapids, Boone and Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public and non-members are encouraged to attend. An informal lunch will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. before the 1:00 p.m. meeting. Reservations are not required. The Colony Village Restaurant is located on the east side of U Avenue (across from the Handi-Mart), south of Interstate 80 at Exit 225, five miles east of Williamsburg, Iowa.