DOT doles out $9 million for city buses

    A state panel has cleared the way for 21 Iowa transit agencies to replace a 107 vans and buses.

    The Iowa Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to provide $9 million in federal funds for the replacement vehicles. In some cases, local agencies are experimenting with buses using natural gas or batteries for power.

    There was a total of $423 million in federal funding available nationally in the 2019 federal fiscal year.  A total of 318 projects competed for the funding, totaling $1.9 billion in requests.  The DOT reported that 94 projects were funded nationwide, averaging about $4.5 million each.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.