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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that the Iowa Department of Transportation will receive over $1.5 million for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program. JARC funds efforts to provide expanded transit routes or hours to help people get to and from work. Harkin, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped secure these funds.

“These job access programs will alleviate many of the burdens that accompany commuting and provide more transit opportunities for Iowans who work outside of the normal nine to five workday,” said Harkin. “Improving service for those who live in rural areas is crucial to the economic growth of these areas.”

The individual grants are as follows:

Cedar Rapids: $125,000 to continue night bus service

Des Moines: $959,365 to continue night bus service, the Urbandale/Clive/Windsor Heights and University Corridor Service routes, Airport Industrial Park Service, WAGES, and the Community-based Service

Waterloo: $85,000 to continue after hours bus service

Muscatine: $38,000 to expand bus service

Ottumwa:  $40,000 to continue expanded hours of bus service

Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson County Regional Transit Authority :

$200,000 to continue expanded bus services

Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (based in Des Moines and covering Boone,

Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, and Warren Counties):  $52,900 to begin Dallas

County and Warren County bus services

Western Iowa Transit System (based in Carroll and covering Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, and Sac Counties): $42,000 to continue Job Corps Service, Howard Center Service, and the Partnership for Families Service

Southwest Iowa Transit Agency (based in Atlantic and covering Cass, Fremont,Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby Counties): $12,500 to continue expanded cab service

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