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Accessibility

Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are all centrally located, offering quick and easy access to markets.

Airports

Convenient air service is available in our service territory, offering you easy connections to the world.

Drive times

More than 86 percent of the U.S. population is accessible within a three-day drive from Dubuque, Iowa, the relative center of Alliant Energy's territory.

Accessibility

In addition, the entire Alliant Energy service territory falls in the central time zone, putting companies in the midst of the nation's business day.

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Ports & Waterways

Iowa: Iowa is bordered on the east by the upper Mississippi River and on the west by the Missouri River. More than 170 million tons of freight is shipped each year via the Mississippi river. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers converge in St. Louis, Mo., to form the third longest river in the world. Both rivers are navigable to the Gulf of Mexico. Iowa currently has 69 manufacturing facilities, terminals and docks in Iowa that shipped and received tonnage in 1999. Iowa has 491 miles of navigable rivers.

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Minnesota: Minnesota is served by two waterway systems, an inland river waterway and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway. Minnesota benefits from waterway transportation because it is a low cost means of shipping bulk commodities over long distances. Shippers are also able to utilize this mode and save transportation costs when shipping freight that is not as time sensitive as some other freight commodities.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin's commercial ports offer state-of-the-art facilities that can handle machinery, liquid, dry bulk, steel, containers, and heavy lift cargo. Fourteen major commercial ports connect global markets to Wisconsin. The 1,050 miles of Wisconsin waterways, integral to the world's water transport system, provide ocean linkage via the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

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Railroads

Iowa: Iowa is served by 19 railroad companies, which operate 4,163 miles of track within Iowa. Three of these railroads are major national companies operating throughout much of the United States. These railroads operate 53 percent of Iowa's total route miles, including much of the Iowa grain-gathering network. The remaining 16 smaller railroads serving Iowa consist of four regional railroads operating in Iowa and nearby states, and 12 local railroads operating in Iowa.

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Minnesota: A total of 26 railroads, including three private lines that do not provide commercial freight service, operate on 4,526 miles of rail line in Minnesota.

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Wisconsin: Wisconsin has 12 freight railroads that operate on a system of over 3,600 route miles. Combined, they handled over 2.5 million cars and almost 150 million tons of freight in 2000.

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Railroad miles

National rail miles: 140,490

Alliant Energy Service Territory

 Rank State Total rail miles
 8 Minnesota 4,546
 11 Iowa 3,929
 14 Wisconsin 3,503


 

State-by-state rankings

 Rank State Total rail miles
 1 Texas 10,804
 2 Illinois 7,336
 3  California 5,330
 4  Ohio 5,307
 5  Pennsylvania 5,184
 6  Kansas 4,851
 7  Georgia 4,775
  Minnesota 4,546
 9  Indiana 4,446
 10  Missouri 4,077
 11  Iowa 3,929
 12 Michigan 3,699
 13 New York 3,565
 14  Wisconsin 3,503
 15 North Dakota 3,478
 16  Alabama 3,295
 17  Oklahoma 3,249
 18 North Carolina 3,248
 19  Montana 3,224
 20 Nebraska 3,223
 21  Virginia 3,223
 22  Washington 3,210
 23 Florida 2,859
 24  Louisiana 2,855
 25  Arkansas 2,776
 26  Tennessee 2,649
 27  Colorado 2,643
 28  Kentucky 2,558
 29  Mississippi 2,435
 30 Oregon 2,384
 31 South Carolina 2,260
 32 West Virginia 2,248
 33 New Mexico 1,895
 34  Wyoming 1,856
 35  Arizona 1,751
 36 South Dakota 1,679
 37 Idaho 1,591
 38 Utah 1,421
 39 Nevada 1,194
 40 Maine 1,165
 41  Massachusetts 1,069
 42 New Jersey 990  
 43 Maryland 757
 44 Vermont 569
 45 Alaska 506
 46 New Hampshire 416
 47 Connecticut 330
 48  Delaware 218
 49  Rhode Island 87
 50    Hawaii   0  
   

Source: Railroads and States 2006 , Association of American Railroads.

Transportation and infrastructure

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Warehouses and distribution facilities

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