Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2016 intercity bus projects

Posted on: December 08, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 8, 2015 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $1.9 million in grants for five intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2016 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for nine projects submitted by the following five entities.

  • Burlington Trailways
  • MIDAS (Region 5 public transit)
  • City of Dubuque Public Transit (The Jule)
  • Jefferson Lines
  • Sioux City Public Transit

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 replace three over-the-road coaches. These new vehicles will replace buses with more than 1 million miles. Burlington Trailways and MIDAS received funding for marketing of their existing services, and the city of Sioux City received funding for facility renovations at their intercity bus terminal.

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.

A listing of the individual projects and funding amounts is available on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website


For more information, contact: Ryan Ward at 515-233-7877 or

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