Southern Iowa Trolley supports America’s veterans

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 3:23 p.m. CDT

CRESTON – All over the nation, veterans will be honored Nov. 11 for their service to our country. In Iowa, many of the state’s public-transit agencies will be offering free rides to veterans and their families to thank them for their sacrifice.

Southern Iowa Trolley, operating in Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union counties, supports military families. To show that support, Southern Iowa Trolley will be offering free rides to veterans and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.To request the free rides, veterans must call the dispatcher at 866-782-6571.

Transit Director Steve Bolie said, “Twelve of the 28 employees of the Southern Iowa Trolley, several customers and others in the communities we serve are veterans so we want to express our respect and gratitude for their service. Since transportation is our business, that is what we have to offer as an expression of that gratitude. We welcome all veterans and their families to use our services to go to local observances and other places on Nov. 11.”

Public transit plays a critical role in the mobility and quality of life for Iowans. All public transit services are open to the public. Anyone can ride the bus. For more information on Southern Iowa Trolley services call 641-782-6571 or visit the website at www.southerniowatrolley.org.

Iowa is served by 19 urban-transit agencies, 16 regional-transit agencies and 10 mobility managers supporting urban and rural communities in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. More than 27.5 million public transit rides were provided in Iowa last year, representing nearly nine rides for each resident and a ridership increase of 14.5 percent over the past six years.

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