Regional Transportation

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Regional Transportation (Story County)
of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA)
        Toll free:  1-(877) 686-0029
  • Purpose: Public transportation throughout Story County
  • Eligibility:  Anyone can ride (wheelchair accessible)
  • Reservations required: 24 hours in advance 
  • Cost:  $2.00 one way in Ames; $4.00 outside of Ames within Story County
    (HIRTA NOW - premium same day service $5.00 in Ames only)
    Call HIRTA for more information about reduced fares.
    Trips also available for medical trips to Des Moines (Mon/Wed) and Iowa City (Tues) for $10 round trip.

Airport Shuttle (Des Moines, Iowa) 
Executive Express    1-(888) 522-9899     

Intercity Providers Stopping in Ames (State of Iowa & Nationwide) 
Jefferson Lines     1-(800) 451-5333     OR      Burlington Trailways      1-(800) 992-4618

Ames Intermodal Facility (AIF)
AIF Parking Information OR Iowa State University's Parking Division (515) 294-3388

  • Purpose:  Provides one stop access to transportation outside of the Ames community via Jefferson Lines, Burlington Trailways and Executive Express.  Covered/uncovered parking is available to the general public (i.e. commuters, residents of nearby apartment complexes, ISU Campustown business patrons, etc.) on a first come/first serve basis. 
  • Eligibility: General Public (first come/first serve)
  • Location: 129 Hayward Ave., Ames, IA 50010 (Hayward/Chamberlain)
  • Cost: Fluctuates (annual/monthly/daily/hourly parking rates available)
  • Bike Lockers:  Secured bike lockers are available by contacting ISU's Parking Division.
  • Parking:  The AIF is open to the general public to park at a first come, first serve basis.  Parking permits are sold at Iowa State University's Parking Division at 27 Armory Building on ISU campus (Bissell/Osborn). Hourly/daily parking is available on-site. In addition, there is "free parking" to qualified carpool/vanpools. Please call 515-294-3388 for more information.  
  • Funded By: Department of Transportation (TIGER) and Iowa Department of Transportation (Intercity Bus Program)

Volunteer Transportation Program (Ames & Story County) 
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)     (515) 292-8890  OR    (515) 733-4917

  • Purpose:  To provide Story County residents with safe reliable, and affordable transportation to and from essential services.  Priority will be given to those needing rides to in-county medical appointments (doctor appointments, therapy and treatment sessions, picking up medication, etc.)  Transportation service is provided entirely by volunteers .
  • Eligible:  Story County Residents (must be ambulatory - able to get to/from car with little assistance)
  • Reservations required: At least 48 hours (2 days) before trip
  • Requirement:  Fill out client application/waiver form
  • Days of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (appointments made within these hours)
  • Suggested Donation for in-county trip: $3.00 - $12.00; Contributions are used to offset the cost of reimbursing volunteer drivers, unless otherwise specified.
  • Funded By:  United Way of Story County, Story County and the City of Ames 

Taxicab Service (Ames & Story County) 

  • Cyclone Cab/Ames Taxi Service 515-232-1343
Story County Transportation Brochure
For a brochure of available transportation throughout Story County, please visit

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