Policies developed to guide Office of Public Transit procedures, requirements and funding distribution

The Office of Public Transit requires all proposals for state funded projects to follow the terms listed in the Iowa Department of Transportation Bid Requirements document.

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Useful Life Standard for Public Transit Infrastructure Grant-Funded Projects

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Public transit equipment and facilities management system (PTMS)
The Office of Public Transit prioritizes vehicle replacement and rehabilitation/remanufactured projects annually on a statewide basis based on age and mileage of existing vehicles compared to useful life standards for the specific type of equipment.

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  • Accumulated mileage minus standard fleet mileage divided by 3,500 equals mileage score
  • Actual months owned minus fleet life months equals age score
  • Mileage score plus age score equals vehicle score

PTMS vehicle criteria

Vehicle type  Standard fleet mileage Life (months)
Sedans 100,000 48
Station wagon 100,000 48
Standard vans/Non-ADA minivans 100,000 48
Conversion and ADA minivans 100,000 48
LD buses 120,000 48
MD buses 200,000 84
HD buses less than 35 feet 300,000 120
HD buses 35 feet or more 350,000 144

Vehicle ranking calculator

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Civil Rights Policy and Procedure - Assurance of Non discrimination
The Iowa DOT's Office of Public Transit, and each Iowa transit system that receives public transit funding from that office have provided assurances that no individual will be discriminated against in the delivery of benefits under the transit program on the basis of race, age, disability, religion, color, sex or national origin.

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Counting Only Open-to-the-Public Services for STA Formula
The Office of Public Transit only uses statistics from open-to-the-public services to calculate state transit assistance allocations.

Delinquent Year-End reports
Monthly State Transit Assistance (STA) formula payments will be withheld and/or contracts not executed for any system delinquent in submitting required reports. After reports are current, STA payments are released.