Mason City, Iowa – The Iowa Transportation Commission on Tuesday approved over five-point-seven million dollars ($5.7 million) in funding for 54 new transit vehicles. The buses and minivans will replace older transit vehicles in 20 cities across the state. Randy Barton is the Transit Programs Manager with the DOT.
Iowa trails only South Dakota on that list. The Federal Transit Administration defines the “useful life” for a light-duty bus, for example, as four years or 120,000 miles.
The $5.7 million for new transit vehicles approved Tuesday comes from federal funding. Barton says Iowa needs much more to bring it’s transit fleet up to par.
He’s quick to point out, however, that the older transit vehicles being used around the state are still well-maintained and safe.
Iowa has public transit vehicles in operation in all 99 counties. Some of the cities that are receiving funds for purchase of new transit buses include Mason City, Waterloo, & Decorah.