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.

Iowa's transit systems in need of state funds to replace old fleets

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As federal funding dries up, Iowa’s public transit managers are asking the Legislature for $25 million every year for five years to replace hundreds of aging vehicles in their fleets.

Mark Little, general manager of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County and president of the Iowa Public Transit Association, made his pitch to state Sen. Jeff Danielson, Rep. Bob Kressig and Rep. Timi Brown-Powers during a recent legislative meeting.

Danielson is optimistic Iowa’s transit system will receive state support, money Little said is increasingly necessary.

Read more of the Waterloo Courier's article here...