About Us

 

Southern Iowa Trolley provides door to door service in seven Southwest Iowa counties. Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor and Union. This form of public transportation is unusual yet very much appreciated by all who use the service. With just one call you can have a bus or van pick you up at your front door and drop you at the location of your choice. Our dispatchers are friendly and helpful. All of our drivers are trained professionals with the safety of our passengers in mind. They are always willing to escort you door to door. Each vehicle is ADA accessible.

This service supplied by Southern Iowa Trolley has provided riders of all ages the ability to get around town on their own. We can set up an appointment for you in advance or the same day service is also available. For all your transportation needs please contact us for information or visit our web site. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or in dispatch office. Cash and checks are accepted.

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History ………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Southern Iowa Trolley has been operating as a regional transit system since February, 1979, to provide services to people in Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties. It replaced a fragmented transit system; many agencies previously maintained their own fleet of vans and buses. The area agency on aging transported the elderly; Community Action Programs transported head-start children; special vans and buses transported handicapped children and adults. Within city limits, the general public had use of a taxi service only – and only in some cities. Most often, no coordinated transit system existed to transport any person between towns or cities.

Under the mandate of 601J of the Iowa Code, County Boards of Supervisors in the seven-county area empowered the Executive Board of the Southern Iowa Council of Governments to organize a regional transit system. This flexible, multi-purpose system, capable of performing a variety of tasks, answers the needs of the elderly, the handicapped, students, and the general population better than the fragmented delivery of services used previously. The area agency on aging, based in Creston but already in daily contact with all the seven counties through its congregate meal sites, was chosen to operate the integrated transit system. Southern Iowa Trolley was organized by the area agency on aging and the Southern Iowa Council of Governments.

Transportation services provided by the Southern Iowa Trolley have evolved over the years since 1979. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all buses were required to be accessible with ramps or lifts.

In 2007, a full-time professional mechanic was hired to maintain the buses onsite. This resulted in significant savings and improved operation of the fleet.

Several years of unprofitability in the early 2000’s resulted in a lack of funds for replacing old buses. In 2009, federal stimulus funds (ARRA) were used to replace eight buses and 4 minivans. A new signage scheme was implemented with these vehicles. These purchases got the agency caught up with vehicle replacement.

On July 1st 2012 the Southern Iowa Trolley was separated from Area XIV Agency on Aging and organized under Iowa code Chapter 28E as a free-standing agency.

Experienced drivers and competent managers over the years have contributed to a successful transportation program than benefits many persons who for various reasons need the support of public transportation.