Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2019 intercity bus projects

Posted on: December 11, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Dec.11, 2018 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $1.4 million in grants for four intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2019 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for 11 projects submitted by the following four entities.

  • Burlington Trailways
  • Mid-Iowa Development Association (MIDAS Region 5 public transit)
  • City of Dubuque Public Transit (The Jule)
  • Jefferson Lines

With the current trend in 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 and Burlington Trailways received funds to each replace one over-the-road coach. These new vehicles will replace older buses in their fleet, therefore, lowering overall maintenance costs. Burlington Trailways also received funding for a feasibility study to evaluate passenger needs and a location for a potential new Des Moines terminal. MIDAS and “The Jule” 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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