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Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA)

Cause Area

  • Health & Medicine
  • Hunger
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Veterans & Military Families


2824 104th StUrbandale, IA 50322 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission: Provide customer-focused community transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service promoting independent lifestyles for central Iowa residents. Our Vision: To become the transit provider of choice making a positive difference by enhancing community livability through safe, innovative, sustainable regional transportation options and promoting independent lifestyles for central Iowa residents.


In 1981, the Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) was formed under a 28E agreement with the 7 counties in central Iowa. Region 11, better known as HIRTA, was established to provide public transit services in the counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story and Warren. At that time, HIRTA was setup to contract all transit services to other agencies and only had 2 employees. In 2011, things began to change and HIRTA started providing transit service in-house in Jasper County. Over the next several years, HIRTA began operating services directly in more counties within the region.

HIRTA strives to make a positive impact on our communities. As a part of HIRTA's commitment to creating opportunities for community investment, we welcome volunteers in a variety of roles. We will actively recruit volunteers and match them with people in need. Our volunteer programs closely align with HIRTA's mission and vision to promote independent lifestyles for central Iowa residents.

HIRTA is a AmeriCorps Seniors grantee for RSVP in Madison and Marion counties where we will provide medical transportation, food support, and companionship. Our goal is to ensure there is a volunteer driver program in each of our seven counties. We have partnered with Boone County RSVP and United Way of Central Iowa to provide volunteer drivers in Boone, Dallas, and Warren county. Services will be provided to older adults, people with disabilities, people with lower income, and veterans.


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