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.

SWITA hires new transit director

Friday, September 05, 2014
Southwest Iowa Transit Agency (SWITA) welcomed a new transit director Monday August 18. 

Mark Lander comes to SWITA with 12 years of transportation experience.Lander most recently worked at Werner Trucking out of Omaha, Nebr., as the Supervisor of Load Planning for the Southeast Region of the U.S. and their fleet of more than 3,000 trucks. While at Werner Lander performed many roles including dispatcher, route planning, fleet coordination, and driver supervision.

“Mark’s work experience in transportation, as well as leadership skills, made him the ideal person for the position,” said Executive Director John McCurdy. “His knowledge will be an asset to our communities, clients, and staff.”Lander attended Dana College in Blair, NE, and was an All American Wrestler for the school. 

Lander is also an assistant wrestling coach at Underwood in his free time. Lander resides in Shelby with his wife Ganna and five-year-old daughter.SWITA is the public transportation agency for the eight counties of southwest Iowa and provides approximately 400,000 rides a year and travels 1.5 million miles. 

For more information on SWITA visit www.swipco.org.