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Dubuque Receives State Grant for Jule System Overhaul

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The city of Dubuque's most common intercity bus trips will soon have ride times reduced by more than 50 percent. The city of Dubuque has been awarded a two-year $897,763 Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program Grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The grant help fund a crosstown express service that offers faster bus transportation between the downtown and west end transfers in Dubuque.

Through the grant two new routes will be created. One route is a 15 minute non-stop express service between 6th and Iowa street (downtown Dubuque) And John F. Kennedy circle (west end) transfer locations. The second route has the same origin and destination as the first route but is divided into 15 minute services between 6th and Iowa street and Delhi street transfers, and 15 minute service between the Delhi street and John F. Kennedy circle transfer location. Other routes in the Jule Transit system will be adjusted to coordinate with the new services.

Candace Eudaley is the Director of Transit Operations for the Jule.

"Right now, you may have to ride one bus all the way to the middle of town and then weave a little bit to get to where you want to go on the west end," Eudaley said. "Now, you will be able to just hop buses to get more quickly where you want to go."

The ICAAP Grant will cover 80 percent of the cost of service with the remainder being funded by the city. Officials with the Jule expect the new service to be available in early January.

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