HIRTA News Blog

Proposed General Public Fare Increase

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, July 15, 2019

The Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency, HIRTA, is considering a system wide general public fare increase. Written comments must be received by September 16, 2019 to be considered.

Holiday Closure Reminder

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, July 01, 2019
A friendly reminder: HIRTA will be closed in observance of the holiday on Thursday 7/4/19, if you need to reschedule your routine trip to another day, please contact our customer service department at 1-877-686-0029 or erides@ridehirta.com . Thank you and have a safe holiday. 

Donation based trips for Seniors

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, June 17, 2019

Due to a reduction in funds HIRTA receives from Aging Resources of Central Iowa, HIRTA will be changing the way donation based trips are covered. The change will take effect July 1, 2019. At HIRTA, we understand how important transportation is for senior citizens. In order to provide transportation to the services most critical, we will have to limit the types of trips done on a donation basis. Seniors can still ride HIRTA for all of their favorite things, to their favorite destinations, but they will not all be on a donation basis. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at erides@ridehirta.com or 1-877-686-0029 for more information. 

Story County help fund seven new HIRTA buses

Julia Castillo - Sunday, June 16, 2019

HIRTA is so thankful for the financial support of the Story County BOS... they have always understood the importance of Public Transit, and help when they can with matching funds, so we can replace Federally funded vehicles.  Thank you!!! 

Story County adds seven new HIRTA buses

The board matched a $97,725 total to replace seven HIRTA vehicles for the county. The buses won’t be available until fiscal year 2020, which starts on July 1.

HIRTA is a door-to-door transit service for the general public, including persons with disabilities. HIRTA provides its services to community members in a number of counties, including Story County.

The models being replaced are 2008 and 2009 models, with roughly 290,000 in mileage.

The buses are being purchased with a $7 million grant awarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation in December for rural transit vehicle replacements.


Fare is a Co-Pay

Brooke Ramsey - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Community Transportation Manager of the Year

Brooke Ramsey - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION MANAGER OF THE YEAR

This award honors a community transportation leader for displaying leadership while providing transportation service that is integral to the community and creating a vision for the system that has the support from both within and outside the organization.

  • 2019 Julia Castillo, Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency, Urbandale, Iowa
PRESS RELEASE here 
More information can be found at https://ctaa.org/awards/

Press Release: Castillo awarded Transit Manager of the Year

Brooke Ramsey - Saturday, May 25, 2019
Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency’s Julia Castillo Named
2019 Community Transportation Manager of the Year
 

CTAA Transit Manager of the Year

Brooke Ramsey - Friday, May 24, 2019

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) awarded Julia Castillo, Executive Director as 

Transit Manager of the Year. Julia has transformed the image of rural transportation, and has done a wonderful 

job representing Iowa on the national stage; we are lucky to have her call HIRTA home. On behalf of HIRTA we thank 

Julia for her dedication to rural public transportation, our mission of providing public transportation in Central Iowa and 

her outstanding service to our customers. Congratulations Julia!


Pictured: Randy Zobrist (River Bend Transit), Julia Castillo, FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams, and CTAA Director Scott Bogren.


Holiday Closure Reminder

Brooke Ramsey - Thursday, May 23, 2019
A friendly reminder: HIRTA will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday 5/27/19, if you need to reschedule your routine trip to another day, please contact our customer service department at 1-877-686-0029 or erides@ridehirta.com . Thank you and have a safe holiday. 

Get on Board Day 4/25/19

Brooke Ramsey - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Get on Board Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, is a national awareness and advocacy day highlighting the many ways public transit provides economical, social, cultural, environmental, and safety benefits for all Americans. 

In honor of Get On Board Day, HIRTA will be providing free rides to new customers on April 25, 2019. 

Help us raise awareness about the value of public transportation by adding your name to the National Get On Board Day petition by clicking here


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