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More than 23 million rides are provided annually by Iowa's transit systems. Public transit service is provided in every county in Iowa. Iowa transit systems rely on state and federal transit assistance to make rides available and affordable for Iowans. Local support such as tax revenue, fares, and donations provide a large share of agencies' operating budgets.


HIRTA's Executive Director selected to testify at Innovation in Surface Transportation Hearing in Washington DC

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Community Transportation Association of America was asked to recommend a rural transit system to speak at an upcoming hearing on “Innovation in Surface Transportation” scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to be held before the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in Washington DC.
 
Julia Castillo, Executive Director of the CTAA-member Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) in Urbandale, Iowa, was selected and will be testifying as a rural public transportation leader. Julia is uniquely positioned to deliver a captivating testimony by sharing how innovation takes place within a rural transportation system.
 
This is an honor and amazing opportunity for HIRTA. Julia said, “To be seen as a leader of rural transit innovations creates a sense of responsibility to represent all rural transit systems, not only in Iowa, but throughout all of rural America. I hope to be able to educate and inform the committee about the differences, the opportunities and the challenges of rural transit and what is needed to keep rural transit providers moving forward, keeping up with changing demands, advanced technology and limited funding.”
 
HIRTA provides transit service within Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story and Warren counties in central Iowa. The agency offers door-to-door service within a minimum of a twenty-four, advance timeframe. HIRTA has launched its innovative, new mobile app that allows for real-time trip scheduling to provide better service while enhancing operational efficiency. Julia’s testimony will focus on how her peers providing mobility across rural America can develop and implement similar innovative technology and strategies to remain responsive, flexible and competitive in serving their communities.