AMES, Iowa – Dec. 9, 2014 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $2.7 million in grants for four intercity transit providers for the calendar year 2015 Intercity Bus Grant Program. The Commission approved the funds for 10 projects submitted by the following four entities.
With the current trend in intercity bus transportation moving away from rural connectivity into more urban-to-urban service, these funds play a vital role in keeping rural Iowa connected to other areas within the state of Iowa, the Midwest, and the nation. This funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s 5311(f) program intended to support intercity bus providers that serve communities with less than 20,000 residents.
Several applications were received this year that highlight the important role of this funding. Jefferson Lines received funds to retrofit one active bus. The retrofit replaces engines, transmissions, seating, and adds amenities such as wireless Internet; all at a cost much less than that of a new vehicle. Burlington Trailways received funding for vehicle operations and marketing of their existing service.
Funding was also awarded to the city of Dubuque public transit system, The Jule, for marketing of the intercity bus portion of the new intermodal facility located in the historic Millwork District of Dubuque. The city of Fort Dodge public transit system received funding for marketing of their feeder service from Fort Dodge that meets the Jefferson Lines bus along Interstate 35.
A listing of the individual projects and funding amounts is available on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website www.iowadot.gov/transit/.
For more information, contact: Ryan Ward at 515-233-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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