HIRTA News Blog


Julia Castillo - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Student Transportation

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, August 05, 2019

Summer is coming to a close and parents are preparing for back to school. Don't forget to plan your student's transportation. Download the Amble App for free on the google or apple play store, then manage and pay for your students transportation at your convenience. Keep in mind, there are rules to riding the bus, see the student transportation brochure:

Free Trips to Perry Food Pantry

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, August 05, 2019
HIRTA is offering Free rides to Perry Food Pantries. This program, funded in part by Alliant Energy.

Free Trips to Madison County Food Banks

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, July 29, 2019
HIRTA is offering Free rides to Madison County Food Pantries. This program, funded in part by Madison County Community Foundation.

Ride HIRTA to Shop

Brooke Ramsey - Friday, July 26, 2019

HIRTA is Pet Friendly

Brooke Ramsey - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

HIRTA and DART Rideshare partnership

Julia Castillo - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

We’re excited to partner with @rideDART to expand access to the RideShare vanpooling program! Vanpooling is great for:

  • Employees who want to save money on their commute and avoid the hassle of driving
  • Employers who want to expand their talent pool and reduce turnover by offering unique benefits
  • The environment, because we all benefit from fewer cars on the road


HIRTA and DART Partner on Vanpool

Brooke Ramsey - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesday, July, 23, 2019

Transit agencies partner to expand access to vanpooling services

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is partnering with Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) to expand access to vanpooling services for commuters in Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story and Warren Counties via DART’s RideShare program.

With more than 100 vanpools in operation, DART’s RideShare program offers groups of five to 12 commuters with similar travel patterns the option of sharing rides to and from work. Vanpool passengers designate a volunteer driver and pay an affordable monthly fare while helping reduce the number of vehicles on the road, contributing to a greener regional economy.
“Transportation is often a barrier for sustaining employment in the communities we serve,” said HIRTA Executive Director, Julia Castillo. “Talent attraction and retention is becoming increasingly difficult with the state’s record low unemployment rate. Offering commuters an established, cost-effective alternative through DART’s RideShare program gives employers another tool in their toolbox to attract and retain talent.”

The pilot partnership between the two public transit agencies is an opportunity to provide employers with an affordable method of transportation for employees commuting outside the Greater Des Moines metropolitan area. To further reduce the out-of-pocket expense for passengers, employers may offer incentives or subsidies to encourage ridesharing among their workforce.

“Access to affordable transportation opens up job opportunities for people that may not otherwise be possible, benefiting employees and employers,” said DART CEO, Elizabeth Presutti. “We’re excited to partner with our colleagues at HIRTA to expand access to the positive benefits of vanpooling.”

Individuals or employers interested in starting a vanpool can contact RideShare Customer Service by phone at 515-288-RIDE (7433) or email at rideshare@ridedart.com.

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The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is the public transportation provider in and around Polk County. DART operates a family of transportation services that connects thousands of people every day to jobs, school, medical appointments, entertainment and more. For more information about DART services, schedules, route changes, or directions to the nearest DART stop, visit the website at ridedart.com or call 515-283-8100.

HIRTA (Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency) is organized under an Iowa Chapter 28E Agreement to serve as the Public Transit System for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Region 11. HIRTA provides safe, reliable, and affordable public transit to anyone within our 7-county region. We provide a variety of shared-ride services as a means to keep people connected, mobile and independent. For more information about HIRTA, visit our website at www.ridehirta.com or call 1-877-686-0029.

Free Trips to Boone Food Pantry

Brooke Ramsey - Monday, July 22, 2019

HIRTA is offering Free rides to Boone County Food Pantries. This program, funded in part by Boone County Community Endowment Fund.

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.

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