A bill in the Iowa Legislature is seeking to restrict the length of freight trains operating in the state.
The legislation was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday and passed a three-member subcommittee on Friday. The bill would prevent railroad companies from running trains that exceed 8,500 feet in length, or about 1.6 miles. If signed into law, the rule could cost companies between $500 and $5,000 per violation.
Some freight trains have been reported to be as long as 3 miles, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).