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Dubuque officials open public transit center to benefit those with disabilities

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque officials cut the ribbon Thursday on a public transportation facility that is benefiting people with disabilities.

The new transit facility located at Area Residential Care in Dubuque's west end is covered with and protected from the elements by a large canopy.

It's available for anybody's use, but Area Residential Care executive director Jon Romaine said it's especially helpful for the clients of ARC.

ARC is a non-profit organization that helps connect adults who have intellectual disabilities with jobs and day services.

"Most of us who ride cars don't realize that we can run from our car into a protected building when it's raining or when there's snow or it's 20 below zero," Romaine said, "Whereas someone with a mobility impairment, it takes them much longer for the doors to open on a bus, for the lift to go down."

Dubuque's public transportation system -- The Jule -- and the East Central Intergovernmental Association teamed up with ARC and the Iowa Department of Transportation to fund the project.

The cost was around $390,000, all from grant money and donations.

The Iowa DOT contributed $298,357 through a public infrastructure grant. ARC and the city of Dubuque contributed a combined $80,854, according to ECIA executive director Kelley Deutmeyer.

She said Regional Transit Authority makes 230 stops at the facility a day and The Jule stops twice an hour, six days a week.

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