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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TODAY’S DATE March 6, 2019
CONTACT 1: Brooke Ramsey, Business Development Manager 515-309-9282
CONTACT 2: Julia Castillo, Executive Director 515-309-9281
CHANGES COMING to Public Transit in Dallas County
[Urbandale, IA] Effective April 1, 2019, HIRTA Public Transit in Dallas County will no longer be operated by HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County. HIRTA Public Transit will provide their own transit services throughout Dallas County.
The fares will change when HIRTA begins providing services directly. Our Regionwide FARE structure is $2.00 per trip within the cities of Adel, Perry
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HIRTA staff is working with HomeCare Services Inc, of Dallas County staff to make this a seamless transition as possible. We are excited to serve those who currently ride HIRTA and also hope to open the door to those who are new to the Public Transit experience.
Due to the extreme cold temperatures, HIRTA is canceling service on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 in Boone, Jasper, Marion, Story and Warren Counties. Ames paratransit / Dial-A-Ride will still be open. Our office will be closed. Please stay safe.
Due to inclement weather and deteriorated road conditions, HIRTA will have in-town only service in Boone, Ames, Newton, Pella, Knoxville
I want to welcome everyone to today’s hearing. We will hear from our non-federal partners on some of the innovations they are using to improve our surface transportation system.
The FAST Act reauthorized federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2020. Through these programs, our non-federal partners are investing in research, transportation technologies, and other innovations to meet the current and future needs of their communities.
For example, some communities have invested in intelligent transportation systems, others have experimented with autonomous and connected vehicles, and some have been partnering with the private sector to improve the quality of life for the general public.
The population and amount of freight moving through our Nation are projected to increase significantly in the coming decades. Being innovative and utilizing transportation technologies where it makes sense to do so will help our surface transportation system move people and goods more safely and efficiently.
Innovative solutions and transportation technologies may be applied differently across our Nation. It is vital that we share our best practices and lessons learned.
The leaders with us today will showcase some of those innovations and technologies that are currently being used on our highways and by our public transit systems. Congress must continue to provide our non-federal partners with the flexibility to implement innovative solutions and to deploy transportation technologies that work best for them. We look forward to hearing your testimony.