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January 15, 2014

City, HIRTA agreement moves forward

Last week the Pella City council approved a Public Transportation Partnership Agreement between the City of Pella, Iowa, and Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA).

This resolution approves a public transportation agreement between the City of Pella and HIRTA. In October 2013, City staff participated in a roundtable discussion with other transportation providers in the community, the goal of this discussion was to identify ways to improve transportation services in the community and eliminate inefficiencies and gaps in transportation services. Through these meetings, staff was able to identify a similar transportation service provided in the community by HIRTA.

In November and December of 2013, Council reviewed and discussed the City’s van service and the service provided by HIRTA. At the conclusion of these discussions Council directed staff to proceed with a partnership agreement which would transition the City’s van service to HIRTA. Listed below is a summary of the proposed partnership agreement:

Contract term and transition timeline

The agreement was to be effective on January 7, 2014 and remain into effect thru June 30, 2015. After this initial period, the agreement would be reviewed by the City Council on an annual basis. As a part of the transition to HIRTA, staff would still operate the City’s van service thru January 31, 2014. Under this plan, current riders would be given educational materials and encouraged to transition to HIRTA services throughout the month of January.

Annual subsidy

The annual subsidy for the City’s van service is approximately $30,000. In an effort to assist HIRTA with the initial transition of our van service, staff proposed Pella deed the City van to HIRTA by April 1, 2014. This would give staff approximately 60 days to make sure the transition to HIRTA is functioning as intended before the City deeds its van to HIRTA. The estimated value of the City’s van is approximately $13,000 which would then constitute the City’s contribution to HIRTA for the time period of March 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Future subsidies to HIRTA after June 30, 2015 would then be determined by Council on an annual basis.

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