Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa transit systems to receive nine electric paratransit buses through Federal Transit Administration program

Posted on: June 28, 2021

AMES, Iowa – June 28, 2021 –  The Federal Transit Administration recently announced a $2.8 million grant for the purchase of low- and no-emission transit buses and related infrastructure in Iowa. With the grant, the Iowa Department of Transportation will be purchasing nine battery-electric paratransit buses and the charging infrastructure needed to support them. The buses will be operated across three multi-county transit agencies in the state. The agencies are East Central Iowa Council of Governments (CorridorRides), Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA), and Southeast Iowa Bus (SEIBUS).

“These buses will be the first of their kind deployed in rural Iowa. While there have been some battery-electric buses used in our larger cities, these buses will be put into service to serve the more rural parts of our state,” said Brent Paulsen, transit programs administrator in the Iowa DOT’s Modal Transportation Bureau.

The Iowa DOT is partnering with non-profit CALSTART as well as Alliant Energy on this project.


Contact: Brent Paulsen at 515-239-1132 or

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