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
    • Schedule a ride by calling, emailing or via HIRTA's Amble App.
    • For the fastest service when scheduling your trip, call between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    • By reserving trips two or more days in advance, you will have the best chance of scheduling a ride at your preferred time. 
    • You may reserve a ride up to 14 days in advance of your trip.
  • Cost:  $2.50 one way in Ames; $5.00 outside of Ames within Story County
    (HIRTA NOW - premium same day service $5.00 per trip in Ames or Boone)
    Call HIRTA for more information about reduced fares.
    Trips also available for medical trips to Des Moines (designated Wednesday's) and Iowa City (designated Tuesday's) for $10 round trip. Call HIRTA for what days they're operating to these locations.

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    

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 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) 

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

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