DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $2.3 million in grants for four intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2019 Intercity Bus Program.
The Commission approved the funds for nine projects submitted by the following four entities: Burlington Trailways, Jefferson Lines, City of Dubuque Public Transit (The Jule), and the City of Fort Dodge.
Burlington Trailways received $740,000 in funds to replace one over the road coach, marketing and other operational assistance. New vehicles will replace older buses in their fleet, therefore, lowering overall maintenance costs.
Eleven applications were received this year, requesting a total of $2,586,070, highlighting the important role of this funding. Jefferson Lines received funds to replace three over the road coaches. The Jule and City of Fort Dodge, also received funding for the marketing of their existing services.
With the current trend in intercity bus transportation moving away from rural connectivity into more urban-to-urban service, these funds play a vital role in keeping rural Iowa connected to other areas within the state of Iowa, the Midwest, and the nation. This funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s 5311(f) program intended to support intercity bus providers that serve communities with less than 20,000 residents.