HIRTA News Blog

COVID19 Update

Brooke Ramsey - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The safety and well-being of everyone who uses HIRTA is always our priority.

HIRTA is closely monitoring information from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health to make sure our efforts in keeping those in our communities safe, are grounded in medical advice. If any rider or driver has been confirmed to have contracted or exposed to COVID-19, we will suspend them from service, and HIRTA staff will make every effort to notify anyone who would have been on the bus with them.

  •  We ask all HIRTA customers to follow guidance from public health authorities 
  •  Wear a mask while riding a HIRTA vehicle 
  •  Wash your hands frequently 
  •  Cough or sneeze into your elbow 
  •  If you’re sick, stay home and away from others

HIRTA has installed a driver shield in our buses, our drivers are required to wear masks and we have a new spray mist to disinfect our vehicles.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us at erides@ridehirta.com or 1-877-6860029.

We are all in this uncharted arena together, so we appreciate you doing your part to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Julia Castillo, Executive Director 
HIRTA Public Transit 

Holiday Closure

Brooke Ramsey - Thursday, May 21, 2020
A friendly reminder: HIRTA will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday 5/25/20, 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. 

HIRTA Annual Survey

Brooke Ramsey - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

HIRTA needs you to complete and share our annual survey. We care about your input, and we need it as a requirement to some of our funding. Just click the link below and answer the questions by May 31, 2020. Thank you!


Mask Donations - THANK YOU!

Brooke Ramsey - Friday, May 08, 2020

Giving Tuesday Now

Brooke Ramsey - Tuesday, May 05, 2020


With everything going on in our world, Public Transit has been on the front lines providing continuous service getting people to work, medical appointments and other essential and critical services. Dialysis, cancer treatment and access to food pantries is vital for our communities. For the safety of all, there have been large purchases of face masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. In April we began fare free service to limit hand to hand contact and lessen the spread of the virus. This means expenses have increased and revenue has decreased.

However, we must be on the front lines to keep communities running and taking care of those who are most vulnerable in the rural areas of Central Iowa.

We have decided to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020 to bring awareness to the financial strain rural Public Transit in central Iowa is facing now, and the uncertainty for the future.

Please give what you can. Every cent counts and will help get someone to an essential and critical service.

go to http://www.hirtapublictransit.com/about/heart-of-transit to make a donation.

Thank you Video from USDOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Julia Castillo - Monday, May 04, 2020

FTA is pleased to share this thank you video from Secretary Elaine L. Chao to the thousands of public transit employees that are still on the job in communities all across the country.  Transit employees represent critical infrastructure workers responsible for transporting police, doctors, nurses, grocery store clerks and other essential workers to and from work every day.  Many public transit employees are making incredible sacrifices to ensure that America keeps moving during this incredibly difficult time.  

We sincerely appreciate all that they do.

With Appreciation,

K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator

Federal Transit Administration 

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