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Hearing of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Julia Castillo - Thursday, September 20, 2018

This is a hearing of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Background Memo
Witnesses:
  • Mr. James Barna, Executive Director, DriveOhio  | Written Testimony
  • Ms. Julia Castillo, Executive Director, Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (on behalf of the Community Transportation Association of America)  | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Shailen Bhatt, President & Chief Executive Officer, ITS America  | Written Testimony
  • Mr. Randell Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority  | Written Testimony


  • Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)
    Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    Opening Statement
    (Remarks as Prepared)

    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.

    HIRTA Executive Director testifies before US House Committee

    Brooke Ramsey - Thursday, September 20, 2018

    On September 5, 2018, Julia Castillo, Executive Director of the Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) testified as a witness on behalf of Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) before the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House of Representative Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding "innovation in surface transportation". 

    Julia's testimony has been shared by KWBG, local news radio in Boone, IA. To see a copy of their article, please click here.

    HIRTA thanks the Subcommittee and CTAA for the opportunity to testify and their interest in rural transportation.

    App NOW Available in Boone and Warren Counties too

    Julia Castillo - Sunday, September 02, 2018

    Holiday Closure Reminder

    Brooke Ramsey - Monday, August 27, 2018
    A friendly reminder: HIRTA will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday 9/3/18, 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 wonderful holiday. 

    City of Boone and Indianola STUDENTS may now use App

    Julia Castillo - Friday, August 17, 2018

    ATTENTION City of Boone and City of Indianola. 

    The AMBLE APP is available ONLY for School Student trips scheduled on HIRTA.
    There is also a way to pay for trips without having your child carry cash or tickets.        
                    


    We have an APP - Story County

    Julia Castillo - Friday, August 17, 2018

    Additional Shuttle Added for Iowa State Fair

    Julia Castillo - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Central Iowa Mobility Symposium

    Julia Castillo - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Stay Up to Date on the Happenings at HIRTA

    Julia Castillo - Monday, August 13, 2018

    HIRTA is on Social Media, so please stay up to date, click a link below and follow us 

    Iowa State Fair Shuttle

    Julia Castillo - Monday, August 13, 2018

    Our Annual Iowa State Fair shuttle is in 3 days on 8/15 - Ride HIRTA for $10 and spend from 9am - 3pm at the Fair. Seating is limited, however we still have bus seats available, so grab and friend and call us today!

     Please help us spread the word and share this flyer. We would love to have all of our buses filled up! 


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