Region 7 - Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG)
The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) will receive $621,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009 funding to purchase nine light-duty, accessible buses.
Three of the new buses will be operated by INRCOG’s subcontractors, Country View and Comprehensive Systems Inc. The buses these organizations are currently using are 12 to 14 years old and in poor condition. The purchase of new buses will help tremendously, not only financially, but in providing better serve to the individuals that rely upon them for their transportation.
INRCOG will use the remaining six new buses for services provided in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, and Grundy counties. The vehicles being replaced are from 11 to 14 years old, and most are currently unusable. The frames and outriggers have rusted and deteriorated to the point where these vehicles are unsafe to operate. Replacement parts are also hard to obtain, as most parts for these models have been made obsolete by the manufacturer.
Amongst these six vehicles, one will be used to provide service to the Aplington Head Start and replace a bus that has 216,000 miles. Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children.
Transit Director Brian Schoon said, “The Recovery Act funds could not have come at a better time for our agency and the individuals we serve. Not only will our maintenance costs be reduced, but with a new fleet of larger vehicles, we will be able to provide low-cost service to even more individuals then ever before.”
The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) received nine new light-duty buses under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009. INRCOG’s riders and drivers depend on having a safe, reliable fleet, and the ARRA funding allowed for replacement of more than 30 percent of an aging fleet. The new vehicles are more fuel efficient and require less repairs, which helps with INRCOG’s operating budget. INRCOG and its riders sincerely thank the Regional Transportation Authority, Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Public Transit and Federal Transit Administration for providing the opportunity to address our vehicle needs.