Legislative Priorities

Public Transit is a Vital Link 

Continued coordination of state-funded transportation programs will minimize duplication of services, and help to ensure maximum service delivery from limited funding. Public transit is a vital link in the success of other state-sponsored programs. Service availability allows increased access to government-funded, early childhood education programs. It also allows many elderly and disabled Iowans to remain living in their homes, thereby reducing the need for expensive, government-funded institutionalized services. The State of Iowa ranks first in the nation in number of residents 85 and older, third for those 65+. Projections indicate this number will continue to rise. Efforts to mainstream persons with disabilities also continue. The quality of life in Iowa would be greatly diminished without the basic access that transit provides for all citizens.