Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming June 2012 as Public Transportation Appreciation Month
AMES, Iowa – June 26, 2012 – Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation designating June as Public Transportation Appreciation Month in Iowa.
In the proclamation, the governor notes that public transportation provides Iowans access to jobs, health care, education, businesses, recreation, and other services every day. The document continues to state that public transportation reduces traffic congestion, allows individuals to maintain independence, and increases the rural and urban mobility options for Iowans.
Branstad states public transportation is a safe and affordable transportation option for Iowans seeking alternatives to paying steep gas prices at the pump. Iowans who use public transportation can save, on average, nearly $10,000 per year (based on today’s gas prices, cost of owning a vehicle and average unreserved parking rate).
Iowa is served by 19 urban transit agencies and 16 regional transit agencies, which support urban and rural communities in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. In 2011, more than 26.8 million rides were provided by public transportation in Iowa, an increase of 11.5 percent over the prior five-year average. Statistically, it equates to approximately nine rides per Iowan.
Find out what the transit system in your area is doing to acknowledge Public Transportation Appreciation Month by contacting them through the Iowa Department of Transportation's public transit agency listing at www.iowadot.gov/transit/agencies.html.
For more information, visit the website at www.iowadot.gov or contact the Iowa DOT's Office of Public Transit at 515-233-7870.