Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2017 intercity bus projects

Posted on: December 13, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2016 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $1.8 million in grants for four intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2017 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for seven projects submitted by the following four entities.

  • Burlington Trailways
  • Jefferson Lines
  • City of Dubuque Public Transit (The Jule)
  • Mid-Iowa Development Association (MIDAS Region 5 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.  Funding was awarded to Burlington Trailways to construct a new intermodal facility in Davenport with future plans to link services with pedestrians, bicycles, and Davenport public transit.

Jefferson Lines received funds to replace one over the road coach. This new vehicle will replace a bus with more than 1 million miles, while The Jule and MIDAS received funding for marketing of their existing services.

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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