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Oct. 17--After months of planning, North Liberty's first intracity bus route has begun shuttling passengers across the growing community. City officials will celebrate a rollout of the new transit system at 10 a.m. today at the North Liberty Living Center, 410 Asley Court. Comment?
North Liberty city planner Dean Wheatley said the hope is the service -- which was approved as a pilot program by the city council earlier this year -- becomes a regular city service. "The anticipation is, if it is successful, and I guess success will be measured by how many riders we end up carrying and ultimately the cost benefit calculations of the program, then the anticipation is it would be funded into the future," he said. Comment?
June 20--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Officials already are zeroing in on a Lindale Mall public transit express bus and route changes, and exploring a regional transit authority. Those were recommendations from a six-month transit study completed by a consultant and accepted last week by the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization policy board. Comment?
With cost estimates for passenger rail service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City coming back higher than expected, officials now want to explore a scaled-down plan in Johnson County. Officials in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Johnson County and the University of Iowa are being asked to help fund the roughly $50,000 study. Comment?
May 18--CORALVILLE -- When an express bus service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City finally gets off the ground -- planned for 2018 -- Linda Fisher, 74, said it is going to beat all expectations. "I think this has the potential to not be what is envisioned at the moment but will grow and grow and grow," the Coralville woman said. Comment?
In July, HDR of Omaha began conducting a feasibility study for a 20.5-mile passenger rail service from Gilbert Street in Iowa City to The Eastern Iowa Airport. The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway, or CRANDIC, called for the $40,000 first phase of the study, which was paid for with $12,500 from CRANDIC, $15,000 from Iowa Department of Transportation, and $2,500 each from several municipalities in Johnson County. Comment?
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